I found this book in the library this morning and before I knew it I went through it cover to cover. A few things that I'd like to quote here that applies to me :P
"We make the mistake of looking outside ourselves for validation for what is, in fact, an inner experience. We look to others for approval, for them to tell us how good our work is before we can feel good about having done it! In other words we draw for others."
"Learning anything is an experiential process. Children learn to walk and talk through experience, not from a book" "Learning to draw is a similar natural response."
"Assignments arent Competitive. It's not you versus anyone. There always has been and always will be room for anyone with a personal statement."
Here is an excerpt from the book - the first chapter. have a look and i'm sure you'll want to read the rest of it too. I have made a note of all the assignments and plan to try them out soon.
I have completed 2 of the assignments so far
1. drawing a figure from life using 3 mediums
2. filling 3 pages of sketches of hands - i used 3 mediums for this too.
UPDATE: May 17, 2006 - If EDM'ers or anyone else browsing wants a list of the other items, leave me a comment and I'll send them to you.