writer, artist, strategist, stARTist®

writer, artist, strategist, stARTist®

writer, artist, strategist, stARTist®

Set your notions in motion

Creative initiative is both the kindling and blaze of the creative process.
I call it stARTistry® — the art of beginning.
STARTISTRY® can be learned, practiced, and mastered.
It may even be contagious. Let’s find out.

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Set your notions in motion

Creative initiative is both the kindling and blaze of the creative process. I call it stARTistry® — the art of beginning.
STARTISTRY® can be learned, practiced, and mastered.
It may even be contagious. Let’s find out.

becky blades logo black

START
MORE

THAN YOU CAN

FINISH

A creative permission slip
to unleash your best ideas

SEE LAUNCH EVENTS!

START
MORE

THAN YOU CAN

FINISH

A creative permission slip
to unleash your best ideas

SEE LAUNCH EVENTS!

START
MORE

THAN YOU CAN
FINISH

What were you meant to create? Why haven’t you started it?

Learn why acting on your ideas is the portal to creative happiness. Start More Than You Can Finish will inspire you to start more, easier, faster and more often, to become the stARTist your ideas deserve.

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Named a MUST READ
by The Next Big Idea Club!

What were you meant to create? Why haven’t you started it?

Learn why acting on your ideas is the portal to creative happiness. Start More Than You Can Finish will inspire you to start more, easier, faster and more often, to become the stARTist your ideas deserve.

Learn why acting on your ideas is the portal to creative happiness. Start More Than You Can Finish will inspire you to start more, easier, faster and more often, to become the stARTist your ideas deserve.

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“A buoyant guide to getting things begun — and a liberating reminder that they don’t all need to get done. If you’ve ever hesitated to launch an idea or a project, this book could be the fuel you need.”

Adam Grant

#1 New York Times bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“A joyous corrective to all the nay-saying voices in your life — and more importantly, the ones in your head. Becky Blades is your wise and funny guide through the rough terrain of creative work. If you’ve ever wanted a bit of cheerleading as you faced down your artistic bugbears, this is for you (it’s definitely for me!)”

Emily Flake

Humorist and cartoonist for The New Yorker, author of That Was Awkward and Mama Tried

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single . . . book! And this is it. A delightful and spirited defense of the notion that doing is more important than being done.”

Daniel Gilbert

Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of the New York Times bestseller Stumbling on Happiness; host of the PBS television series This Emotional Life

Start More Than You Can Finish reveals a surprisingly productive mindset: no matter how uncertain we might be about the finish, we flourish by acting on our ideas right away and trusting the creative process. This book will inspire you to get started already!”

Scott Barry Kaufman

Host of The Psychology Podcast, author of Transcend, founder, Center for Human Potential

“Becky Blades is a creative force with the answers to all your excuses. I do whatever she tells me to do, and you should, too. Start More Than You Can Finish will have you starting things that scare you and wondering what took you so long.”

Jen Mann

New York Times bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat and MidLife Bites

“Almost anybody interested in getting more done will find great ideas here. Simply the most important new book on productivity I have seen.”

Henry J. DeVries

Forbes.com columnist and co-author of How To Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett

“In the same voice of caring, supportive nurturing that made Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone delightful nuggets of chocolate-covered carrots, this book is candy for the soul and nutrition for the mind. A full-meal read that keeps you wanting just one more bite … until you’re full of creative sparks. Yum!”

Barbara C. Unell

Best-selling author of Discipline with Love and Limits, founder, Raised with Love and Limits Foundation

“You may be surprised to learn that prior to the pandemic, new business creation in the United States had basically been flat for many years. Can this reluctance to begin, to leap and to take business and other creative risks be partially traced back to all the messages we receive starting from our early childhood that we must finish everything we start? What if that’s not the best advice? Serial starter (and finisher of many successful endeavors), Becky Blades, masterfully shows us another way; that our worth is not measured by what we finish but rather by what we start; that we are the sum of our imaginings and the ideas we act upon. Start More Than You Can Finish will guide you to ignite all your ideas.”

Rania Anderson

Global DEI speaker, author of WE: Men, Women and the Decisive Formula for Winning at Work and Undeterred.

“Becky Blades, author of the perky, popular advice book, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone, has done it again with Start More Than You Can Finish. Her fresh, potent advice: Let’s help our young people become unstoppable by showing them how to start — honoring their ideas and initiative … reframing their focus on finishing … and trusting the creative process.”

Lisa Heffernan

Co-Founder, Grown & Flown media, New York Times bestselling author of Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success and Grown & Flown

“We all reach turning points in life where we feel called to begin anew, to reinvent ourselves for the next stage. Start More Than You Can Finish gives us a permission slip to seize these moments joyfully, fearlessly.”

Mary Dell Harrington

Co-Founder, Grown & Flown media, author of Grown & Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults

BECKY’S WRITING

Have you read what Becky’s been writing? Uplifting articles on Oprah.com, satire on McSweeney’s, warm, snarky motherly advice wrapped in a bestseller, and COMING SOON, a creative rallying cry!

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BECKY’S SPEAKING

Becky Blades comes bearing the best of news. The science is clear: this will be fun. With her signature humor, visuals, and pep-talk energy, she gives audiences an upbeat, I-can-do-this confidence about all things creative.

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BECKY’S CREATING

Becky Blades says art adds color to the darkest of days and greyest of rooms. Her mixed media artwork is in public and private collections from San Francisco to New York to Paris, and offered by fine galleries.

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A CLASSIC BESTSELLER GETS A NEW COVER!

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

Advice your mom would give if she thought you were listening

“Finally, a wise, witty book with some straightforward answers to life’s complex questions. Advice you’ll wish you’d gotten earlier in life.” — Oprah.com

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A CLASSIC BESTSELLER GETS A NEW COVER!

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

Advice your mom would give if she thought you were listening

“Finally, a wise, witty book with some straightforward answers to life’s complex questions. Advice you’ll wish you’d gotten earlier in life.” — Oprah.com

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A CLASSIC BESTSELLER GETS A NEW COVER!

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

Advice your mom would give if she thought you were listening

“Finally, a wise, witty book with some straightforward answers to life’s complex questions. Advice you’ll wish you’d gotten earlier in life.” — Oprah.com

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