Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Beginning: Make It Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker


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You could fill a very big boat with books like this one, about creativity and overcoming creative challenges. . . . [T]hose books seem to share a couple of troubling qualities that defeat the purpose of encouraging creativity and habits. Those useless qualities are cheerleading and hand-waving.

-- From the author's Introduction to Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty: A Handbook for Vanquishing Creative Demons by Kim Piper Werker.

I make ugly things on purpose.

– From "Part 1: Name the Demons."

Make It Mighty Ugly is about overcoming "demons" like procrastination, self-doubt, and perfectionism to be more creative. I usually associate creativity with arts-and-crafts, DIY projects, and maybe fiction writing. But I think Werker's book can help me  in my law practice because I think the same demons restrict creative thinking in the workplace.

This is one of the great books in the Sasquatch Books fall catalog.


  1. This sounds really interesting, and I love the cover art!

  2. This sounds like a terrific book, assuming it offers practical advice. I'll definitely look into it.

  3. I really like the cover of the book!

  4. Sound like one that might really help with creativity.

  5. I like the idea. Sounds interesting.

  6. I have a feeling that this book might be picking up on the issues I have with self-help or creative books. I never am able to make things quite as beautiful as those in the book so then I feel terrible! Thanks for hosting:) Hope you have a good weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  7. Fridays are such fun. I love seeing all the different books folks feature.

    I rarely know any of them. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  8. I like the look of this book. I may need to check it out.


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