Ever stared at your computer screen for 20 minutes and then caught yourself drooling just a little? When you work in a creative field it’s sometimes difficult to buckle down and get your work done. After all,
your work needs to be fresh, beautiful and intriguing! Breakthrough! is a delightful little book that reminds designers, writers and artists that creative block happens to the best of us. Its a collection of vignettes from all sorts of successful creatives describing how they battle block and come out the other side. Suggestions range from the practical (e.g. identifying the problem, approaching the assignment from a different angle) to the ridiculous (e.g. hitchhike to Mexico, watch Law & Order: SVU marathons), but each installment is amusing and inspiring. Cooking and getting outdoors seem to be common remedies, but the next time I get creative block I think I’ll just sit down and read this book.
Final verdict (Buy It, Borrow It, Skip It)? Borrow it. When you’re suffering from creative block, a few minutes with this book might just give you the boost you need.
—Ellie & Melissa
Thanks to Princeton Architectural Press for the review copy.