Eric Maisel is the author of more than 30 books and is widely known as a creativity expert. He has blogs on the Huffington Post and and has several columns as well. Visit him online at

In this accessible and practical paperback, the author explains a variety of anxiety-reduction techniques including cognitive work, deep breathing, mindfulness, guided imagery, affirmations, and prayers that can help writers, painters, musicians, actors and other creative souls to overcome creative anxiety (sometimes called writer's block, stage fright, or procrastination). This widespread malaise hinders the person from expressing his or her passion — doing, completing, sharing, or selling what they have created.

Each of the 24 lessons comes with a vow and a teaching tale. Among the anxiety mastery techniques that we found most helpful were the ones on compromising, failing, attachment and caring, promoting, and waiting.