Recommended Reading: Creativity
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Joseph Chilton Pierce
A while back, I promised a reading list of books on creativity… Here they are. I’ve added a few other books that have inspired me throughout the years. Maybe they’ll inspire you too.
Of course, inspiration is personal; that’s what makes it so amazing. And if you don’t actually go out there and make art, inspiration will knock on your door a lot less frequently. The key to staying inspired is to make more art, whether that’s dancing, painting, singing, or playing music. I need to remind myself of this quite often, too.
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This is the definitive creativity program.
- The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp. Tharp offers insights and exercises for living creatively.
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. A short kick in the pants for any artist.
- Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Another short kick in the pants. Basically: Go to your studio and make stuff.
- The Imagineering Way by Disney’s Imagineers. Disney’s creative staff shares their thoughts on being creative.
- Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life’s Work by Kevin Carroll. A delightfully illustrated book on following your bliss.
- Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. If you teach, you need to read this book.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A short tale about following your dreams.
- Demian by Herman Hesse. An existential coming-of-age tale of a boy who embraces his different-ness.
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Do what you do well and without compromise.