Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity

Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity

An instant New York Times bestseller In Embrace Your Weird, New York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator, Felicia Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions. Including Felicia’s personal stories and hard-won wisdom, Embrace Your Weird offers: —Entertaining and revelatory exercises that empower you to b...

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Title:Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity
Author:Felicia Day
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Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity Reviews

  • Ian

    Felicia has long been a superhero of creativity. From her web series

    , to the numerous shows she created at her media company Geek & Sundry, to her many writing and producing projects, she has always had several creative irons in the fire. So it’s exciting to have her devote a book to creativity itself!

    The book is full of engaging exercises and practical techniques for nurturing your own unique, creative voice. I found the chapter on enemies to creativity particularly useful.

    Felicia has long been a superhero of creativity. From her web series

    , to the numerous shows she created at her media company Geek & Sundry, to her many writing and producing projects, she has always had several creative irons in the fire. So it’s exciting to have her devote a book to creativity itself!

    The book is full of engaging exercises and practical techniques for nurturing your own unique, creative voice. I found the chapter on enemies to creativity particularly useful. It helps work past those obstacles — internal and external — that prevent us from getting our ideas out. Whether your medium is writing, painting, dancing, playing an instrument, or anything else, this book gets at the basic force of wanting to express ourselves that underlies all creative efforts.

    The writing is funny and full of energy, and the illustrations add to the book’s fun spirit. The creativity put into every page of the book may inspire you all by itself!

    If you want to get better at coming up with creative ideas and be able to bring them to life, you owe it to yourself to read this book!

  • Elizabeth Amber Love

    This review is a courtesy provided by NetGalley.

    First of all, if you notice that I'm writing this review in a more casual/conversational style like I'm talking directly to you, that's what you'll get from this book. Felicia Day's text is mostly like a transcript of her cheering you on and giving you personal guidance for finding direction with your creative ambitions. If you get the audio book, I'm sure you'll be in for a treat. Yes, audio books are "reading." You can add it to your GoodReads Y

    This review is a courtesy provided by NetGalley.

    First of all, if you notice that I'm writing this review in a more casual/conversational style like I'm talking directly to you, that's what you'll get from this book. Felicia Day's text is mostly like a transcript of her cheering you on and giving you personal guidance for finding direction with your creative ambitions. If you get the audio book, I'm sure you'll be in for a treat. Yes, audio books are "reading." You can add it to your GoodReads Yearly Challenge.

    Next, it's also a book you can breeze through at first to get that first layer of absorption; then go back and do the weird exercises at the end of each section that's pertinent to your creative output or desire. There are illustrations where you get to fill in things or blank pages to doodle. You are instructed to scribble and draw all over these pages which means the hard copy version might be the best version to have. Otherwise, have a notebook ready. I guess you can take screenshots of the illustrations and print those so you can fill them out.

    While this is a self-help book, it's probably the most cheery, fun, and dare I say frivolous in a good way. It makes you embrace your childlike self to build up what Day calls the Hero-Self. She's had a lifetime of therapy, I guess, to know how this stuff works. There is also a list at the back of other books she references and uses herself including Marie Kondo. My shoulders shrug a little in a cringe as I type that. I hold on to precious things and as long as I'm not at a dangerous level and take time one to two times a year to purge crap, I'm okay with my choices.

    I said frivolous because it's how our culture, in the US anyway, sees artists and sees the actions of playtime. When I take Gus out on his daily walk, it's mostly for him because he loves it; but it became for me too. I started to write about our walks. Then I embellished them with pure nonsense like monsters and mysteries to solve. Taking a cat for a walk is playtime, but it's also my own inspiration for writing three years worth of weekly posts. I have a friend who dances around as she does housework because it simultaneously makes her happy to move her body and she can feel accomplished that crap got done. Play is vital. It's an embarrassment that adults in working environments are quelled from doing it. Sure, Bryce in IT, you can have ten different toys on your desk from ThinkGeek, but you can't actually be silly. That would be a disgrace.

    Day not only gives you permission to make mistakes, she encourages it. She also reminds the reader that being an artist is hard work. Hard work doesn't mean you don't love your output (whether this is your job or just for you or a hobby). Embrace Your Weird acts as a tool where you can have your own imaginary cheerleader, parental figure who is proud of you, role model, and friend at your disposal. Day tells us that being creative is our natural state. Isn't that wonderful to know?

    The reason Marie Kondo and her purging into minimalism lifestyle comes up is because having too much clutter and chaos in your environment can stifle creativity. Doesn't it make you sad and depressed to see dirty dishes or a closet filled with clothes you can't fit into anymore? She says to get rid of it. I may say, "I worked too damn hard on that costume to part with it, but I'll put it in a neat and tidy bin on a shelf."

    Day also gets into how the mind tends to work in a state of anxiety. She does say anxiety could be useful, but I think the dividing difference is that excitement for a project is not the same thing as anxiety disorder. I'm not a doctor, but I think I can speak from my own experience. I will die on the hill that "writer's block" (which includes all critical thinking and creative thought endeavors) is a real problem. The advice you get about taking a walk, clearing your head, walk away from it and come back, do something entirely different and maybe a solution will come -- that's all true. The pressure you put on yourself can lead to anxiety, but they isn't necessarily The Anxiety itself. Plenty of people thrive under pressure. They look forward to it. I also work better with a deadline like NaNoWriMo. There's something to hold me, the creator, responsible.

    Accountability does get a small cameo in the book. Day talked about when she joined a group of women in a similar position in the acting world struggling to find the next gig. They were holding each other accountable with weekly things to do: invite X to lunch to network and that sort of thing. If you like in-person group accountability, go for it. I prefer the realm of online which is why Comics Experience worked well for me as I floundered through my first comic scripts. Same for NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo -- you get a support system who understands what you're going through when your spouse/dog/mother doesn't get it.

    As readers work through the exercises to free their creativity, they need to be resilient to criticism, open to valuable feedback, aware of personal limitations (maybe you can't devote five hours a day to your art), and remember that we are mere mortals. Eventually time will run out. You will either have made the thing or not made the thing. We're not all Tupac putting out records every year posthumously.

    Day is considerate of switching gendered pronouns. She also gender-swaps Hamlette in one example. I'm sure there are things I wouldn't notice, but I can at least be honest and say this is a writer who tries. She only refers to her significant other as partner. She talks about her baby here and there if you're sensitive to discussions on babies/families. It's understandable given her career, but still unfortunate that she cares what Joss Whedon thinks about her. He should be seeing her as a role model not the other way around.

  • Dee Arr

    First of all, if you are considering ordering this for Kindle (or any other ebook reader), consider a paperback copy (you will thank me later). If you can’t bear to not have an immediate electronic copy, make sure to have a notebook or copy paper handy. You’ll need it.

    Despite whatever you might gather from the above paragraph, don’t worry. The quirky Felicia Day that showed up in “You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)” shows up and graces every page with the wit and humor she s

    First of all, if you are considering ordering this for Kindle (or any other ebook reader), consider a paperback copy (you will thank me later). If you can’t bear to not have an immediate electronic copy, make sure to have a notebook or copy paper handy. You’ll need it.

    Despite whatever you might gather from the above paragraph, don’t worry. The quirky Felicia Day that showed up in “You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)” shows up and graces every page with the wit and humor she showered us with that first time. “Embrace Your Weird” is not another memoir book, as she cheerfully jumps from her life into ours. Ms. Day’s goal? Convince each one of us that we have incredible talents to share with the world.

    In order to accomplish this task, the author shares her own devices for victory over the mind-numbing monsters that threaten to crush our creativity and force us to hide under our personal bushel baskets. This book is loaded with power, and here’s why. The person writing it is not some highly educated professor with a wall full of degrees and awards, nor is it someone who has identified a niche of psychological barriers and written a well-thought tome of rules and procedures to follow. Ms. Day shares how she worked to overcome her demons, sharing her knowledge and wisdom in an entertaining manner. She is encouraging and down-to-earth, urging us to break out of our shells but cautioning us to remember that our goals should be based on our own power and not the choices of others. Sage advice, indeed.

    The combination of the author’s thoughts and writing/drawing exercises for us to complete combine to form a fun/amusing/educational/awesome book that, by the end, should have morphed from something Ms. Day created to something that also contains our personal inventions, and thus a part of us. Growth CAN be fun! Five stars.

  • Jessica

    I loved this book! I honestly didn't pay attention to what I was buying I saw Felicia Day and Weird and knew I needed it, I did not know how much that was true!!! I feel so inspired, just by listening to the book I was more in the moment with my baby and husband, I put my phone down and really saw what was happening around me. I want to read it again and actually stop for every activity (hard to do while driving) just too see how much more I can tap I to my creativity that has been pushed down f

    I loved this book! I honestly didn't pay attention to what I was buying I saw Felicia Day and Weird and knew I needed it, I did not know how much that was true!!! I feel so inspired, just by listening to the book I was more in the moment with my baby and husband, I put my phone down and really saw what was happening around me. I want to read it again and actually stop for every activity (hard to do while driving) just too see how much more I can tap I to my creativity that has been pushed down for far too long.

  • Kaley

    Finished in time for her event tonight, HA! I really enjoyed the audiobook and will go back and complete the exercises in the paperback, they actually sound like fun.

  • Michael Hinton

    To be honest, this book had me at "Written by Felicia Day," - but in retrospect even if I were unfamiliar with the author, I would be giving it a five-star review. It's a gem, a must-read for anyone in a creative field. Scratch that - it's a must read for anyone.

    I chose the audio book, which as an added bonus is read by the author. This medium might make doing the exercises a bit more of a challenge, although a PDF is included to help make this easier. In full disclosure, I skipped most of the

    To be honest, this book had me at "Written by Felicia Day," - but in retrospect even if I were unfamiliar with the author, I would be giving it a five-star review. It's a gem, a must-read for anyone in a creative field. Scratch that - it's a must read for anyone.

    I chose the audio book, which as an added bonus is read by the author. This medium might make doing the exercises a bit more of a challenge, although a PDF is included to help make this easier. In full disclosure, I skipped most of the exercises, but whether you do the homework or not, you'll get a lot out of this book.

    The author's quirky, humorous and charming writing style is as much fun as it was in her autobiography, "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)." But style is only a small part of what's great about this book.

    It's obvious from the first chapter that the author took on this project with one big goal - to help readers find their creative muses. Specifically, to help creators cut through all the little voices that tell us we're not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough to succeed. And in my opinion, she more than succeeded.

    It's never easy to open up about your own mistakes, quirks and neuroses. Most of us spend our lives trying to hide those parts of ourselves from others. Instead, the author uses her own experiences as teachable moments for her readers. I admit to shedding a few tears during the section on shame, when she relates what has to be a highly painful personal experience that stuck with her through the years. It hit extremely close to home for someone who has spent way too much time with regret over past actions that everyone else has forgotten. But it was a powerful moment for me. You mean other people obsess over dumb things they did years or decades ago? Even highly successful people with acting and producing careers?

    Yes, they do, and the author is not afraid to use her own experiences page after page to give the rest of us hope. She will gently guide you through ways to improve your own creative process while she shares tips on how to deal with shame, regret, and many more 'enemies' of creativity.

    If you read one book on creating this year, it should be this one. In fact, if you read one book at all this year, make it this one. Buy it, read it, listen to it, whatever. You won't regret it.

  • Suz Jay

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD reminded me of why I adore Felicia Day. The book is smart, quirky, and fun just like the energy she brings to her every venture. Hearing about someone like her who seems to have everything together struggling with mundane problems such as writer’s block is empowering. I needed the reminder that even the most confident seeming people sometime struggle with things like

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD reminded me of why I adore Felicia Day. The book is smart, quirky, and fun just like the energy she brings to her every venture. Hearing about someone like her who seems to have everything together struggling with mundane problems such as writer’s block is empowering. I needed the reminder that even the most confident seeming people sometime struggle with things like anxiety, doubt, and insecurity, things which tend to be isolating.

    With each topic, Day offers several exercises and shares her personal experiences, with plenty of references to writing her memoir YOU’RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) and to her baby girl. The book, which embraces play is a refreshing alternative from some of the drier books that tackle struggles with creativity. Day does a great job of making the book inclusive, turning it into a no judgement zone that honors every individual’s passions. She uses humor and pop culture references (such as comparing one’s enemies to Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones) to drive her points home in a fun way.

    The chapters address topics such as friends, mentors, enemies, perfectionism, procrastination, anxiety, powerlessness, fear of failure, shame, regret, and jealousy. Day includes exercises and tools to put her advice (such as tapping into flow by working quickly and focusing on finishing) into action.

    In the final chapter, Day invites the reader to run a gauntlet of quests to help keep creativity flowing by doing thing such as opening one’s mind to travel, breaking out of comfort zones, learning new things, and making time for creative pursuits. Day acts as a cheerleader, encouraging the reader to take their creative projects to completion and avoiding abandoning in progress projects in favor of new pursuits.

    EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD is a super fun and inspirational book with quirky, creativity-unlocking exercises such as writing a Craigslist ad as though as though we were putting ourselves up for sale. But Day doesn’t advocate selling ourselves, rather she encourages us to become the best creators we can be, making the best of our unique qualities and the most of our finite time as sentient beings.

    Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. for providing an Advance Reader Copy.

  • Fanna

    I liked it. The narration was exciting and hyped up the entire experience of listening to a book that involves exercises to do along with the funny puns being cracked. I wouldn't say it blew my mind away but it did give me some good tips that are definitely gonna prove useful for my creativity.

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    I liked it. The narration was exciting and hyped up the entire experience of listening to a book that involves exercises to do along with the funny puns being cracked. I wouldn't say it blew my mind away but it did give me some good tips that are definitely gonna prove useful for my creativity.

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  • Tracey

    This book is chalk full of exercises to help the reader understand their true selves and increase their creativity. I didn't actually do the exercises in this book. I love

    and gave her previous book 5 stars, so I picked this up. I do think this is well written and would be helpful for people trying to create things.

  • Giselle Bradley

    DNF'd 17 pages in. I thought this wouldn't be for me but I wanted to try it because I liked Felicia so much. Unfortunately I was right. From what I read I can definitely see how it would be awesome for others but I don't particularly want to unleash creativity.

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