List of My Top 10 Creativity Books


10 Recommended Books to Help Your Creativity

  1. The Artist’s Way By Julia Cameron.  A classic, talking about coaxing out the battered, gun-shy artist from within, using artist dates, morning pages and supportive people.
  2. No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty.  The NaNoWriMo creator who sparked a world-wide phenomenon that has inspired thousands.  The concept?  Write 50,00 words in a month.  Because you can.
  3. Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  A year in the life of a woman pursuing happiness.
  4. The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life by Richard Wiseman.  Scientific studies that pretending can actually lead to success.
  5. I know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam.  Stop saying “I’m too busy” and buying into the cult of overwhelm.  There is time in the day to do what you love.
  6. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.  Nothing is truly original, and that’s ok.  It’s more than ok, it’s wonderful.
  7. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.  I need to go back and read this again, a dreamy exploration of creativity and writing.
  8. Wishcraft by Barbara Sher.  How to figure out exactly what you want and make goals.
  9. You are a Badass by Jen Sincere.  You are.
  10. Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins.  I almost didn’t write this one down, the author is controversial, but I listened to his motivational tapes through the 90’s and I still use some of his ideas daily.
  11. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi.  I admit, I’ve never actually read this influential work, but I swear, every self-help book written in the past fifteen years mentions him (I listen to a lot of books in audio, and the poor authors struggle so with his name.  “knee high chick sit me high” is what it usually sounds like).

What books would you recommend for a struggling creative person?

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