A Do-It-Yourself Manual for the Creative Person

The following is excerpted with permission from 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment by Stefan Bucher. Copyright © 2012. Pearson Education, Inc. and New Riders.


Do you know what makes you tick creatively? Most of us don’t. We may know we like certain things or that we gravitate to a particular style or color scheme. But have you really thought about what motivates you? To do so you need to ask yourself some hard questions. And who wants to do that?

Stefan Bucher does. In this book, Bucher asks questions (344 of them) that give you insight into your deeper creative self. Often the questions have nothing to do with creativity — on the surface. But these seemingly unrelated questions help you to understand who you are as a creative person. When was the last time you asked yourself: “What happens when you get stressed out?” and “Do you think stress is heroic?” This book is truly do it yourself: questions are presented as hand-lettered worksheets; you follow along and add answers, notes, and illustrations. Have fun figuring you out!

Here are six questions from the book. Click on any image to see a larger view.

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Posted on: March 14, 2012

3 Comments on A Do-It-Yourself Manual for the Creative Person

  1. I’d like to get a better look at them, but some of the links seem to be dead. 🙁

  2. The last figure did have a bad ink — sorry ’bout that. Fixed now.
    Pamela Pfiffner
    Editor in Chief, CreativePro.com

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