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List Your Creative Self is the perfect way to get the creative juices flowing. Using the same approach as the earlier List Your Self books, it presents one hundred list-making topics to stimulate thinking and provoke the imagination. List all the artists who have changed the way you look at the world. List all the cool things you've invented in your daydreams. List all the places you've been that inspire you. Listmaking will help both experienced artists and people who label themselves "noncreative" get in touch with their natural gifts and talents that exist deep inside.
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Well...as I began preparing to review this final book in the List Yourself series, I saw this:"The List Yourself book series and calendars are the creation of Ilene Segalove and Paul Bob Velick. These listmaking tools invite the reader to become the writer, offering an interactive approach to self-discovery."I did not see this in the previous books...but it really struck me...it's VERY true...this book (and the others in this series) really do give YOU the chance to become the writer and they ARE interactive...and I truly LOVE that about these books...List Your Creative Self is no exception. The most striking statements I found in the introduction are:"List Your Creative Self gives you the green light to enter the zone where your creativity lives and encourages you to explore. Through the pages you'll find a rich collection of one hundred list questions aimed at inspiring, releasing, and expanding your creative powers simply by listing whatever comes to mind.""It is a safe harbor where you can poke around, fine-tune, and tweak your creative impulses."All-in-all, I do believe that these statements ARE true...the only way you can actually SUCCESSFULLY use the lists in this book (and/or the others in this series) is to allow yourself to SUSPEND ALL JUDGMENT -- this is for your eyes only...and you MUST let go of embarrassment, self-consciousness, and feelings of worthlessness or unworthiness to make the best and most successful use of this material...in this respect...all ways are the RIGHT WAY in creating your lists!!I do agree that it might be fun (as suggested by another reviewer) to use this book with a friend or journaling group, allowing you to "compare" lists and discuss varying topics with regards to creativity...with the right group of people, this could be a very fun, educational, and rewarding experience! Of course, you'd have to have an explicit agreement of confidentiality for this to work!!The authors go on to say:"List Your Creative Self helps you recognize that creativity is built into your system." and that you can access it by "Just filling in the blanks..." saying that this "...will release your creative juices."I especially enjoyed the section "Says Who" which is full of list topics that allow you to explore all the reasons you don't feel creative or feel you should not or cannot feel creative -- VERY INTERESTING!!!The lists topic areas include:Your Favorite ThingsWho SaysYou've Got the PowerHero's Those "What-Ifs..."Pride and JoyThe Light BulbBrave New WorldLike More List Yourself, List Your Creative Self has a short introductory chapter -- nine pages with fairly large type. I compared...the type is in fact larger than that of the previous two books...one would assume to make the introductory chapter appear larger than it actually is. While I find this somewhat annoying and more than a little deceptive...I don't have a problem with the actual content...it is full of good, helpful information -- your not going to find anything terribly profound in these nine pages -- but as with List Yourself and More List Yourself, it's more than enough introduce you to how listmaking CAN help you tap into your creative potential while at the same time allowing you to get started quickly!!Of the three books in this series, this one is the smallest -- it's about 1/3 the size of either List Yourself or More List Yourself AND it has the very same features I found annoying!! It has the same hard cover binding (PLEASE THINK SPIRAL or LIBRARY BINDING) and is just a bit too small for writing in comfortably -- and a date line would be nice too!! Even though it IS much smaller in size and content...what it does have is quite useful and I seriously doubt that it would be effective if it had more lists than it does...after reading over all the topics and giving it a great deal of thought...I think the authors covered what is necessary, desirable and most importantly helpful to the exploration of your creative potential!!As I've stated in