Are you stuck in a creative rut that you can’t seem to break? Then you need to turn to these five great creative books. They help provide inspiration and creative ideas to people like you.
“Manage Your Day-to-Day” by Jocelyn K. Glei
As a creative person, you may find it hard to balance your daily life around your creative process. Thankfully, Jocelyn Glei has created a guideline for achieving that kind of balance. Her book gives a variety of tips and advice for creating a routine that helps keep your mind active and creative, such as:
- Waking up early
- Reading regularly
- Making time for exercise
- Paying your bills on time
- Working on your creative tasks
“Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud
Even if you have no interest in comic books, this stunningly drawn and written graphic novel is a great way to boost your creativity. McCloud delves into the creative medium of comics in a way that illustrates their potential and creative possibilities. For example, he discusses the way that comics:
- Draw in a reader
- Reflect the artist’s beliefs, hopes, and dreams
- Engage a myriad of senses
- Challenge the mind
- Touch on unique and universal concepts
With a quick and easy reading time of no more than an hour or two, this book is essential for anyone that is looking to define or expand their creativity. McCloud’s lessons apply to every manner of creativity, from drawing, writing, and even painting.
“Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon
The old phrase states that “good artists borrow while great artists steal.” It’s been said by everyone from poet T.S. Eliot to innovator Steve Jobs. The meaning of the statement is simple: great artists take great ideas and make them their own. That doesn’t mean your art isn’t worthwhile, but that we all work within specific boundaries.
In this tradition, Austin Kleon offers creative people a wide range of intriguing and creative advice. For example, he suggests “finding another room” if you aren’t the most creative person there.
“The Art of Happiness” by The Dalai Lama
While art and creativity often come from great personal pain, it’s impossible to maintain a consistently creative mood if you are distracted by depression. If you feel your life slipping out of control and your creativity following suit, read this book by the Dalai Lama.
Here, you’ll find advice on how to maintain a positive mental state and how to use that to increase your happiness and creativity.
“Giant Steps: Small Changes To Make A Big Difference” by Tony Robbins
It’s easy to laugh at Tony Robbins and his self-help empire, but his decades of popularity aren’t meaningless. Robbins has offered millions of people the advice, inspiration, and motivation they needed to succeed in life. This is true even of creative people, and “Giant Steps” is one of the most powerful books a creative person can read.
Here, Robbins discusses the ways that people can make small changes every day to ensure success. Think of your latest creative process (such as a new online video web series) and all that you must do to get it off the ground. You have to come up with a topic, record videos, and spread your name via social media.
These small steps in the process are crucial for executing the “giant step” you are aiming to take. Lessons you will learn include:
- How to be happy to be alive
- Practicing kindness and compassion
- Remaining optimistic in the face of great difficulties
- Accepting the challenges of life and working to overcome them
- Helping others whenever possible
- Finding the personal strength to succeed
These lessons help stabilize your life and create a more constructive creative environment. Don’t embrace the fallacy that only great suffering creates great art.
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