Author: Lee Crutchley
Publisher: Perigree Trade
ISBN: 978-0-399-16407-1

“The most thing to remember is that getting started is habitual, the same as procrastinating and avoidance. It’s important to keep practicing the techniques that have worked best for you and to remember all those little revelations you had along the way,” Lee Crutchly encourages in his book, The Art of Getting Started.

At one hundred and sixty unnumbered pages, this small paperback book is targeted toward artists, writers, and readers looking for ways to get a project started. With no profanity, lewd scenes, or extreme violence, any age group can glean ways to “get started” in creativity. The book is more of a tutorial collection of interactive fill-in-the-blank pages with simplistic fonts, designs, and drawings.

After the first page immediately starting a task (to fill in the page with at least three positive words), Crutchley has the reader sign his or her name at the bottom as co-author of the future book to be completed.

With a short one page foreword, big bold words state:
Things to remember:
Start every task.
If you don’t like one, start another.
Don’t be afraid.
There is no wrong.
You cannot fail.

Starting on a sophomoric footing, the author gives simple tasks to do without any thinking, stimulating the thought process to write down anything that comes to mind such as scribbling words out, crossing off the words “task” with different colored pens, drawing anything that comes to mind in small boxes, or writing with your weak hand, mouth, or foot.

After a ten minute pause, the next section gets a little more complicated, drawing what was observed when you went outside for the break. The book pushes, prompts, and promotes creativity by forcing the reader to willingly participate in the nonsense, silliness, and fun problem-solving tasks.

Besides having with procrastination log, lists of things that need cleaning or organizing, panic pages to vent emotions, and designing achievement awards, the book mentions how to overcome the fear of starting by figuring out what enables and holds one back. The final section is on finding your end goal by breaking tasks down in smaller chunks.

With quotes from famous people, the book empowers the reader to start now, not later, to find his or her mojo and move on successfully on a project. This is a unique gift book for business team meetings to inspire, artists who are afraid to expand their creations, and writers staring at the blank page day after day.

This book was furnished by Penguin Group in lieu of an unbiased review.

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