Give a Million Copies Away

“I want to eat this book. Wear it. Give a million copies away to every person who struggles to make time to create for the sake of creating. Like me. I want to give a million copies of this book to myself. Put a stack in every room, a copy in my car, in my suitcase, in my fridge to surprise me when I reach for a snack. It’s that good.”

~ Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer and A Year of Daily Joy. From the foreword to Make a Mess.

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Tools to Join the Party

“I love this book – the quotes, the prompts, the encouragement to make a mess, a mistake, to make magic! (aka art). Margarita Tartakovsky has written a book that makes the risky path of creativity a joyful and accessible adventure for everyone. Whatever art form you yearn to participate in—writing, photography, acting, dance, music, drama—Make a Mess gives you the tools to join the party.”

~ Barbara Abercrombie, author of A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement and Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals.

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Conquering Your Creative Fears and A Greater Belief In Yourself

“Listen closely to people talking about what they ache for and you find a common theme: playfulness, delight, presence. While we might be grateful for the wisdom that comes with aging, we yearn for more exuberance and the unselfconscious willingness of our youth to just plunge into something. Make a Mess by Margarita Tartakovsky is the invitation and roadmap for us to plunge into creating what we have all been—consciously or not—craving. With gentle encouragement and specific but not strident daily exercises, Make a Mess calls to your inner-creative, no matter how neglected, and guides you into reacquainting yourself with the ability you have to play, feel delight, be present, create, and celebrate.  With wholehearted warmth and unique, accessible daily prompts, Tartakovsky compassionately empowers you to conquer your creative fears and inertia so you can create not just something tangible, but something even more significant: the intangible power of a greater belief in yourself.”

~ Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance

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An Imaginative Set of Ideas and Activities

“Unbeknownst to most, a creative spirit resides in each and every one of us. The trick is learning how to find the right activities that will release your own creativity. Make a Mess does just that – offering 365 diverse possibilities to help you create and imbue your life with more play. Margarita Tartakovsky has woven together a wonderfully imaginative set of ideas and activities that will make even the most uninspired person get up and want to create something new today!”

~ John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Founder of and co-author of Self-Help That Works

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A Superb Compendium of Beautiful Starting Points

“Margarita has crafted a superb compendium of beautiful starting points, each one meant to inspire a different nuance of creativity. And like a great cookbook, it’s all about what you do after you read it.”

~ Tom Sturges, author of Every Idea Is a Good Idea: Be Creative Anytime, Anywhere

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Make a Mess Helps Us “Loosen Up and Lighten Up” to Unfurl Our Creative Spirit

“Whether you want to create a piece of art or a whole-hearted life, Margarita Tartakovsky’s newest book Make A Mess: Daily Prompts and Projects for Rediscovering Your Creativity and Living A More Playful Life, encourages you to explore the vast reservoirs of creativity in your own life. With daily prompts, personal insights, and gentle reassurance, that indeed we are all creative, Tartakovsky helps us “loosen up and lighten up” to unfurl our creative spirit and find the beauty, magic, and joy within. And, you’ll have a lot of fun doing it!”

~ Polly Campbell, author of How to Live an Awesome Life: How to Live Well, Do Good, Be Happy, and Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People

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If You Have Ever Had Writer’s Block, You Need this Book

“If you have ever had writer’s block, you need this book. Margarita’s ideas are fresh and evocative. You might think you don’t need another book on creativity but this will be the one you go back to for a spark over and over.”

~ Samantha Reynolds, founder of and

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We’ll All Be Grinning Like Goofs and Dancing with Paint on Our Feet

“Oh, Margarita Tartakovsky, what have you done? When they find your book, Make A Mess, people the world over will start making creative messes. The world will be a mess of messes and we’ll all be grinning like goofs and dancing with paint on our feet and pouring spices on our newspapers and loving every minute of it. Thank you for reminding us how creative we are and how much fun being a creative being is. Thank you for making this wonder-full book.”

~ Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices-Writing from Your Authentic Wildness

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