The Creative Sandbox Way
by Melissa Dinwiddie
“This is a path more of us desire and need to follow. It’s time. And Melissa is the right guide.”
-PATTI DIGH, best-selling author of Life is a Verb, Creative is a Verb, and 6 other books
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It's one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.Chris Guillebeau, NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
What I love about Melissa’s work — from her talks to her podcast and now this gem of a book — is that I get unstuck simply by listening or reading whatever she has to say. She so authentically lives her message of creative play that her words are always an uplifting transmission that lifts me right into creating - like a sparkly gentle but insistent wave. You will love her spirit and her many useful suggestions!Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer, founder of The Oasis
If you think you're not talented enough, witty enough, or practiced enough to play in the creative arena, think again. At Melissa's Dinwiddie's playground everyone is welcome to test things out and get messy. The Creative Sandbox Way offers a joy-filled path for all of us to recover what she calls a truly life-changing practice: our creativity.Jeffrey Davis, author of The Journey from the Center to the Page and Coat Thief
Want to Live a Full-Color Life?
Need a boost in your momentum and confidence? Life is too short to not express the innate creativity inside of you and The Creative Sandbox Way is your path to living a more creative life than you ever thought possible.
Filled with paradigm-shifting lessons and stories, journal questions, thought-provoking creative prompts, and coloring pages, The Creative Sandbox Way offers 10 "guideposts" and "creative invitations" with each guidepost that will help you take the fear out of creating and bring back the joy.
Unlike other creativity books, this is not a 12-week course, and it doesn't require a huge time investment. It is short, but power-packed.
An excellent antidote for creative burnout, as well as a primer for anyone just getting started with creative pursuits, whatever your form of creative expression and level of expertise, this playbook for creative living will help you learn to be comfortable with and embrace your own, authentic creativity, while offering a compassionate approach to dealing with your demons.
Whether you’re stalled by perfectionism, impostor complex, or any other form of resistance, you’ll find a treasure box of tools to help you move forward, learn to play again, create more work, and infuse your life with more happiness as a result.
This is a path more of us desire and need to follow. It’s time. And Melissa is the right guide.Patti Digh, best-selling author of Life is a Verb, Creative is a Verb, and 6 other books
Engage with Melissa in her Creative Sandbox and allow her to whimsically reconnect you to the creativity present to children. Have fun, be surprised, and PLAY!Mary Anne Radmacher, author of “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar”
What You'll Learn with this Book
Not just a book to read, The Creative Sandbox Way is an interactive playbook, filled with practical tips and tools to help you ditch self-doubt and angst, and approach your creativity freely and joyfully.
Throughout the book you'll find creative prompts designed to get you taking action. You will read, write, doodle and color your way past your mental blocks and back to creative joy!
You will learn:
HOW to get creating
Melissa's 10 fool-proof "guideposts" that have helped thousands of people just like you back to creative joy.
WHY "I'm not creative" is a lie
Where that false belief comes from, and more importantly, how to bust it.
WHY creative play is essential
5 reasons why creative play is good for YOU, and for the world! (It's NEUROSCIENCE, baby!)
HOW to turn creative blocks into friends
Seriously. You'll never look at a block the same way again!
The Creative Sandbox Way belongs on the bookshelf next to Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird. I love it that this book is so encouraging; even in your darkest moody places, you will not be able to escape the encouragement. My favorite guidepost: "Just start anywhere." My favorite quote: "The path of imperfection is the path of joy." All through the book I found "keepers" to help me on my creative path. And I love Dinwiddie's drawings. Buy three copies: one for the bedside, one for your desk, one for the bathroom.David Roche, inspirational humorist and author of The Church of 80% Sincerity
Who Should Read It
Creatives struggling with creative block, whether you're a writer, painter, jewelry designer, textile artist, musician, filmmaker, macaroni sculpture maker, or any other kind of creator.
"Non-artists"/"Non-creatives" who haven't done anything truly creative since kindergarten, but would secretly (or not-so-secretly) love to.
Creative professionals—designers, writers, photographers, etc.—who create every day on the job, but haven't made anything purely for the joy of it in ages, and are burning the heck out.
Melissa gently and enthusiastically guides you along your creative path, no matter what your particular path is. You can't help but get pulled in to play in this sandbox.David Blatner, author and co-publisher, CreativePro.com
What Else You'll Find Inside
The Creative Sandbox Way isn't just a book, it's a combination text, workbook/journal, coloring book and life-changing course.
Take a look at the "table of contents":
And here's a peek at just a few examples of the kinds of pages you'll find inside:
Writing Prompt and Doodle Prompt Pages
Throughout the book you'll find "creative invitations" — writing prompts to get you thinking and shifting your mindset, and irresistible doodle prompts to get you scribbling your own "crappy doodles."
Abstract Coloring Pages
Calligraphy Coloring Pages
Melissa's inspiring quotes in Melissa's hand calligraphy, turned into coloring pages:
Here's what others have had to say about the changes they've experienced from Creative Sandbox thinking:
Testimonials for the Power of the Creative Sandbox
You have revolutionized the way I approach my art in just one week! You are a genius!Tanya Christie
I don't think I've laughed so much in just my own company since I was a child, to just laugh in response to playing - no external inputs from others, just allowing myself to play.Lesley Rosewood
The Creative Sandbox has inspired me to just get over it and do this already!Lara Grauer
It was invaluable for me; I'm not only back on track to finish and publish my book, I've also learned a process that will help if I derail again or decide to undertake a new creative endeavor.Lynelle Eck
I was out hiking with my dogs and thinking about my Creative Sandbox experience—how quickly some of the walls I had built were starting to erode, how you are point-on for those inner fears & gremlin chatter, how much this all resonates, and what a gift it was. I can't thank you enough for sharing of yourself, your experiences & journey, and providing a hand to those of us learning to re-embrace our creative self.Carla Olson
Your Creative Sandbox concept has done something big in a short time... It opened my eyes, or more importantly my heart to something that I think I will not forget. I have experienced the power of play and experimentation and of doing a piece of small joyful art every day. I can feel how this is having an impact on my life and work and I am amazed.Michele Gauler
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