Eric Maisel: Guest tomorrow, background today

Eric Maisel will be a guest on this blog tomorrow, talking about his new book, Ten Zen Seconds. I participated in an online group that Eric worked with while developing the ideas in this book, so I’ve been experimenting with the practice for a while.

Eric’s background

Eric Maisel is the author of more than thirty published books: fiction, creative guidance, meditation, practical psychology, and inspirational journals. The basic list below, in reverse chronological order, is not complete but it’s a good start.


I first picked up A Life in the Arts about the time my daughter was finding school impossible. I didn’t have time to read the book then, but it lived on my shelf as a reminder that the life I envisioned would, perhaps, be possible some day.

Over the following years, I bought and added to the shelf several more of Eric’s books.

Finally, I had (or stole) the time to begin reading these books, instead of just browsing from time to time and wishing I could do more. I plastered my copies with sticky notes. I wrote out the exercises and felt reassured and supported.

In the past three years, I’ve participated in several of Eric’s online courses, been a contributor to some of his idea-development groups, and worked with him as an individual long-distance coaching client. We have met face-to-face once, for a few seconds, at BookExpo America during a book signing.

I’ve already bought copies of Ten Zen Seconds to give to a couple of friends and my daughter is waiting for me to finish the interview so she can read my copy, because she perceives (correctly, I believe) that it’s exactly the bit of wisdom that she needs to connect with right now.

Eric’s books (most but probably not all)

The titles with asterisks are those I currently own. My copies are festooned with sticky notes. If you need a place to start exploring Eric’s work, check out the books with that are in bold. (Some of my favorites, like The Art of the Book Proposal and A Writer’s Paris, aren’t in bold because they are not the first books I recommend.) If you want just one, go for Ten Zen Seconds or Coaching the Artist Within.

2007 * Ten Zen Seconds: Twelve Incantations for Purpose, Power, and Calm (Sourcebooks)
2007 * Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach (New World Library)—I haven’t read this one yet; it’s too new!
2007 Everyday You: Create Your Day with Joy and Mindfulness (Conari)
2006 * A Writer’s San Francisco: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul (New World Library)
2006 What Would Your Character Do? Personality Quizzes for Analyzing Your Characters (with Ann Maisel; Writer’s Digest)
2006 Toxic Criticism: Break the Cycle with Friends, Family, Coworkers, and Yourself (McGraw-Hill)
2005 * A Writer’s Paris: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul (Writer’s Digest)
2005 * Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists and Musicians from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach (New World Library)
2004 * The Art of the Book Proposal: From Focused Idea to Finished Proposal (JP Tarcher/Penguin)
2004 Everyday Creative: 30 Ways to Wake Up Your Inner Artist (Red Wheel)
2004 Everyday Smart: 30 Ways to Spark Your Inner Genius (Red Wheel)
2002 * The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person’s Path through Depression (Rodale)
2002 Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say to Themselves (and What They Should Say Instead) (JP Tarcher)
2001 20 Communication Tips @ Work: A Quick and Easy Guide to Better Business Relationships (New World Library)
2001 * Sleep Thinking: The Revolutionary Program That Helps You Solve Problems, Reduce Stress, and Increase Creativity While You Sleep (with Natalya Maisel; Adams Media)
2000 20 Communication Tips for Families: A 30-Minute Guide to a Better Family Relationship (New World Library)
2000 * The Creativity Book: A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and Guidance (JP Tarcher/Putnam)–great stuff in here
1999 * Deep Writing: 7 Principles That Bring Ideas to Life (JP Tarcher/Putnam)
1999 * Living the Writer’s Life (Watson-Guptill)
1997 Fearless Presenting: A Self-Help Workbook for Anyone Who Speaks, Sells, or Performs in Public (Back Stage Books)
1996 Affirmations for Artists (Putnam)
1995 * Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art (Putnam)
1994 * A Life in the Arts: Practical Guidance and Inspiration for Creative and Performing Artists (Putnam)
1992 Staying Sane in the Arts: A Guide for Creative and Performing Artists (Putnam)
1986 Fretful Dancer (Aegina Press)
1984 Blackbirds of Mulhouse (Maya Press)
1982 Dismay (Maya Press)

Writers and Artists on Love (New World Library, 2004)
Writers and Artists on Devotion (New World Library, 2004)
Artists Speak: A Sketchbook (HarperSanFrancisco, 1993)

Tomorrow: Eric responds to some of my questions about the creative life, large and small.


1 thought on “Eric Maisel: Guest tomorrow, background today”

  1. I look forward to tomorrow’s post. I own Fearless Creating, and my copy is also full of sticky notes. It’s one of my favorite books on creativity and being an artist. I had no idea he had so many other books… now which should I choose next? Hmmm…

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