Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out
by Cathy Wild

Standing Place Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-996-81050-0.
Reviewed by Pat Bean
Posted on 09/22/2017

Nonfiction: Creative Life

Wild Ideas: Creating from the Inside Out is not a book to be read in a rush. It's a book best read a few pages at a time, an excellent choice for those who, like me, want to read something inspiring and uplifting with their morning coffee. That's how I read this self-help book by Cathy Wild.

While the book is full of helpful advice to get the creative juices flowing, the questions posed at the end of each chapter make it personal to each reader. This interrogative aspect of Wild's writing requires thoughtful readers to go deep inside themselves, which is likely the reason the book was chosen as reading material in the first place.

That was true for me, and I wasn't disappointed. My favorite questions were the ones in which the answers weren't near the surface of my brain. For example: What is your problem-solving style? What lessons have loss and sadness taught you? Or, Are you in flight from the past? With such questions, Wild Ideas offers unique meaning for a variety of readers, not just those whose personalities and creative urges match those of the author.

"Each of us must travel our own path to discover who we truly are and how we can best express that uniqueness in the world," Wild writes. Her book traces the personal path she took to reach her own creative goals, and demonstrates her bravery as she shares the struggles of that journey with her readers. That she understands the difficulties of the journeys, which each of us must take to find creativity within ourselves, is what gives the book its authenticity.

Wild Ideas is written in a way that its ideas are not just pertinent to writers or painters. It is a book that can be useful to anyone who wants to stretch and strengthen the creative bent, whether it's simply for one's own enjoyment, or whether it's for readers who want to use their creativity in ways that bring them financial rewards. Toward the latter's goals, Wild includes such end-of-the-chapter questions as "How will I present myself and my work?" and "What is my plan for reaching people who love what I do?"

In short, Wild's book has something for everyone.

Read an excerpt from this book.

Cathy Wild has spent more than 30 years developing innovative approaches to healing using the creative process. A pioneer in somatic counseling, the expressive arts, and the field of life coaching, Cathy was featured as a creativity expert on the PBS television series, "In the Prime." Visit her website.

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