Creativity needs a boost sometimes!
Whether you’re an artist, writer, designer or a creative enthusiast of any kind, the following books can help you out in ways you couldn’t have imagined.
1. On Writing by Stephen King
King is a master when it comes to writing. He’s always writing something and this is exactly his advice to you! Never stop writing. This book will give you a wider perspective on the art of writing and how to become a better writer. On Writing is also a memoir which will give you a look into the writer’s childhood, his earlier struggles with writing and how a near-fatal accident changed his writing forever!
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
2. The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins
In this book, Judkins draws from the behaviors and lives of creative people to help us understand how creative people think and work. It’s about how they achieved success by doing things others never tried. This book encourages you to think independently so give it a try!
“Creativity isn’t a switch that’s flicked on or off; it’s a way of seeing, engaging and responding to the world around you.”
3. 1001 Ways to Creativity
This little book is filled with quotes and inspirations that will help you kickstart your creativity on any lazy day! The bonus is that the book is pretty and will look great on your desk.
4. How to Start A Creative Business by Doug Richard
Doug Richard uses straightforward language to help you understand the process of starting a creative business. This book will prepare you for the steps that lead to making that big decision!
5. Imagine How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
Jonah Lehrer makes a very important point in this book – if you want to be creative you have to expose yourself to diversity. Pick up this book if you want to know about creative peoples habits. Lehrer takes a look at real life examples to show you how creativity works!
6. How to Have Creative Ideas by Edward de Bond
This book contains 62 games that will help you develop your mind! The basic idea of the exercises is to use come up with creative ideas using random words provided. This is not the kind of book you read in one sitting, it works best if you do a couple of exercises on a regular basis!
7. Creativity at Work by Ros Taylor
Taylor uses case studies of companies like Apple and Google along with other influential creative people to establish what it takes for a person or company to be creative. She derives from some newer theories on the psychology of thinking.
8. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, and in her new book, she explores her own inspirations and the importance of going on despite worries and fears. The stories and generous wisdom in this book will encourage you to loosen your grip and explore new things in life.
9. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
If you’re looking for a book that’ll get you moving then pick up this one! Chris Guillebeau discourages conformity and encourages you to take matters into your own hand. If you’re someone who loves adventures and wants to start your own business then this book might help you be sure.“When we really get serious about our insecurities, we usually find that three specific fears emerge: the fear of failure, the fear of success, and the fear of change.”
10. Make Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
Belsky will show you why you need to develop your habits in order to act upon your ideas. His years of research and experience shows what differentiates those who achieve success and those who are unable to.
11. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
“Does it spark joy?” This is the main question behind the decluttering revolution that Marie Kondo has started. By removing the excess from your life you’ll create space for better living, and this is will lead to better creativity. Dip into this book to reinvent your life and your living space! In the past year, Kondo’s book quickly gained popularity due to the fact that it actually works.
12. Creativity Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar, presents the intersection between creativity and business in this book. This book is highly recommended for anyone who works in the field of technology and design, especially if your work requires creativity! There’s something for everyone in this book, so we’d recommend even managers and business owners to read this!
13. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelly and David Kelly
In this book, the Tom and David Kelly talk about the creative potential in every person. The book is meant to help you reach your full potential and achieve better success at your projects. The two brothers write from experience and talk about how every problem can be a potential opportunity.
14. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
This book is a must have for any artist and drawing enthusiast. You don’t need expensive lessons or a trip abroad to unleash your drawing creativity! Betty Edwards’ book comes with exercises and tips that will teach you to unlearn drawing and give you a whole new perspective on how to draw.
15. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
If you want inspiration to write then this book will give you the push you need. This book will not tell you what to do, but it will help you explore the art of zen thinking and how you can apply it to your writing.
16. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
This is more of a memoir than it is an instruction manual on writing but it will definitely inspire you to write more. Lamott’s book is considered an essential title for writers, especially because it will make you face the truth that writing is not easy.