The Art of Getting Started Book Review

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. However, I did receive a copy of the book, at no cost, in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Some people judge whether they want to read a book by its cover. I am not one of them. The millisecond I was asked to review The Art of Getting Started by Lee Crutchley, I knew I would love it because of the title.

While I am a fan of fiction, my reading preference is geared more towards nonfiction, self-help, and any book that will teach, inspire, or motivate me. The Art of Getting Started has definitely done that.

Filled with inspiration and humor, wisdom and commiseration, this book will provide creative relief right when you need it most.

Pages from the Book:

Here are a few pages from my copy of the book showing how I completed the “assignments”.


You gotta love it when an author invites you to add your name as “co-author” of their book. I was also able to successfully complete the maze which connects the front cover to the back. The words underlined in red are: “Whether it’s perfectionism, procrastination, or plain old fear that’s holding you back, get ready to get inspired.”

I am ready!


Instructions on the first page of the book say: “START HERE…Fill this page with positive words. Only move on once you’ve drawn at least 3 words.”



What a great quote by Walt Disney included in the book. On the opposite page, I discovered a fairly good description of myself. No doubt I am guilty.


This was a FUN exercise. Everyone is HAPPY!!!


I absolutely love (and agree with) this quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “The best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing is the wrong thing. The worst thing is nothing.”


The page on the left was a big eye-opener for me. Of course I want my life to be a magnificent story. I know it’s up to me to create it and plan on doing so.


As you can see, this page is still blank. I have a picture in my head of what I want this to look like. I just haven’t drawn it yet.

If you bought a copy of The Art of Getting Started, would you keep it for yourself or give it as a gift?

About the Author:

Popular illustrator Lee Crutchley is no stranger to creative blocks. Whether he’s working for a corporate client or creating his own art, Crutchley has faced that blank page (and tablet screen) more times than he can count―and through trial and error and sheer force of will―he’s come up with a range of lively prompts, activities, and challenges that help to shift the perspective and get those creative juices flowing again in new and surprising ways.



  1. I’m keeping it for ME 🙂

  2. I’ll read it myself~ and then give it to my mom!! 🙂

  3. I would keep this book for myself if I won. However, I would probably work up all the pages on seperate pages from the book, so that when I was finished, I could pass it on to one of my kids!

  4. If I win, I will keep it for myself! It looks like such a fun way to get motivated to make changes. I love the exercises!

  5. I’d be keeping it for myself! 😉 Looks pretty fun!

  6. It is 12/16/2013 and its only 12:40 in the afternoon, why does it say the contest is over? isnt it supposed to end at midnight?

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