The Very Serious and Boring Coloring Book for Responsible Adults

This week I wrote and published 3 adult coloring books, with several more in the works.

This is one of my favorites.

It’s a very different kind of adult coloring book. There are no lines.

It’s more like a guided set of self-actualization exercises, which asks you to imagine and draw specific scenarios.

I’m giving 5 copies away – you can enter to win the giveaway down below, or just go ahead and order a copy from Amazon if you can’t wait. It’s a fun idea; it’s hard to predict how impactful it will be but it should make a great gift.

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This is a very serious adult coloring book.
FOR GROWNUPS.

Here’s the thing, at some point we all grew up and stopped coloring. We stopped tapping into that source of pure creative genius, and started following rules. We forgot what creative freedom really felt like. We learned how to be functionally creative – as in, doing the things we are supposed to do. Usually other people’s things. Because they wanted us to. Sometimes for money, sometimes as a favor.

We forgot how it felt to create just because, and to do it our way. The adult coloring craze is a symptom of what we’ve lost, as grownups struggle to find peace and happiness in the face of a dream-crushing workplace and financial insecurity.

But it isn’t enough. Yes, colors can make you feel good. But those black lines on the page might as well be prison bars, locking up the creative child within who wants to color what they see in their imagination – not some other artist’s.

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I want you to color without lines. I want you to color for yourself, without worrying about how “good” it is. Nobody else has to see this. This is just for you.

And while I want to liberate your creativity, I also understand the importance, for adults, of doing meaningful things, and making the best use of your time. I understand you might feel silly for “wasting time” on coloring ridiculous things. And I know it may be hard to think of what to color.

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These exercises are designed to be fun, but are also pragmatic. We’ll be addressing your repressed dreams, your secret desires, your darkest fears. I’m going to use this book as an advanced-level form of aesthetic psycho-therapy, and through the coloring process you’ll be exorcising your demons, slaying your dragons, and discovering the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow. This will be a fantastic journey, as grand as you can imagine it, with no pesky black lines to reign in your magical powers of creation.

This isn’t a test. If you don’t know what something I ask you to draw looks like, find a picture online to copy. This also isn’t a game: visualization is a powerful goal-setting technique. Think of this book like a vision board. Not only will these exercises strengthen and empower you, and fill you with confidence and valor, they will also help you become clear on what you really want out of life, and how to attract it to you. But the results depend on the commitment. Take your time, enjoy the coloring process, and express yourself.

These are things that you may have thought about before, but rarely have committed serious energy towards. And you need to devote serious energy to these things. Because your life is serious, and what you think about matters. By forcing you to draw and color these things, instead of merely thinking of them, saying them out loud or even writing them down, you’ll be giving these issues the consideration, attention and energy they deserve.

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But you have to make choices and decisions, and you have to act consistently in ways that support those decisions.

This book will help you get there.

The Very Serious and Boring Coloring Book for Grownups

 

 

You can also buy a copy on Amazon. If you like it, please review it!

PS) I’m not going to give away the PDF of this one, because going through the exercises and being surprised is  big part of the process.

More Details

List Price: $6.99
8.5″ x 8.5″ (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
76 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1532757921 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1532757921
BISAC: Self-Help / Creativity

About Derek Murphy

I help authors and artists turn their passions into full-time businesses, make a bigger impact, and blaze a luminous trail of creative independence. Right now I'm in Taiwan finishing a PHD in Literature, writing several books, and managing a handful of online businesses. Find me
  • This sounds great!
    How do we enter for the giveaway?

  • TariAkpodiete

    i wasn’t even considering creating a colouring book. and i found myself annoyed when a few ‘big names’ started pushing a “create a colouring book” course. they were promoting it like “an easy way to make money”. that kind of made me feel a bit dirty.

    after all, i’m a writer, and not some cheesy online marketer looking to make money in anyway i possibly can. however, you’ve changed my mind. it’s like a ‘side hustle’ or a side gig. and that’s fine. guess i just didn’t like the sleazy marketing being pushed out there.

    anyway, i actually have come up with what i think is a very good concept for a colouring book. it’s for a nice group, but i think it’ll sell. now i just have to figure out how to get it made to get it out there.

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