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SARK’s New Creative Companion by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Creativity

The Creative Companion: How To Free Your Creative Spirit was Sark’s first book and was published in 1991. The book was an enormous success and Sark has gone on to publish a book almost every year since then. Almost fifteen years later, she revisits her first-published baby, and creates a new addition, Sark’s New Creative Companion, that is just as juicy and fun to read as the first.

I was a little fearful of this revision. Although I have read almost all of Sark’s other books, and have loved them all, her first book is really special. There is something unique and freeing about the first time you put your work out there, and it shows in the original Creative Companion. I was worried that some of that exuberance and innocence would be lost in the new version.

I shouldn’t have worried! Instead of editing and altering the original text, Sark merely adds to it…nothing is changed but everything is built upon. The new version also includes two new posters: Ways To Play More Often and Creative “Mistakes” You Must Make/Creative Actions You Must Take. All of the originals, including the now-famous How To Be An Artist poster, are also still there!

There are a large number of quotes, ideas, exercises, and suggestions that you can incorporate into your journal writing. Like the original, Sark encourages you to draw and write in the book, even creating space for you to do so. You may even want to use the book as a creativity journal and fill the pages with your own thoughts and ideas next to hers…I’m sure Sark would be thrilled to know her book was being actively used and well loved!

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