9 BOOKS TO IMPROVE YOUR CREATIVE LIFE
Who doesn´t like to create something?
Have a brilliant idea (or just a normal idea), think about it, get obsessed until you decide to commit to it. Then reflect on how to do it, make a plan, work hard, fail a lot of times but without quitting. Keep trying until finally, you succeed.
You have created something from your mind to your hands. You feel proud of yourself, your creation is your baby. You are happy, all effort has finally been paid off.
So, who doesn´t like to feel like that? Who doesn´t like to create?
I don´t know.
After all, there are people that don’t consider themselves creative people. I think that the human being is a creative creature, it´s in our nature, each of in our own unique way. It´s the way the human evolves, creating to survive, to adapt to the environment, to improve our lives…
So, if you don´t consider yourself a creative person, think again. You are creative, it´s in your nature, you just need a little push and your instincts will do the rest.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul”
WHAT IS CREATIVITY?
Creativity comes from “create”, make something. As I said before, from your brain to your hands.
So, that´s why creativity is linked to motivation ( to start developing the idea), productivity (work on the idea), and it also linked to other areas of our life, it might be linked to all of the areas of our life. I need to read more about it (luckily for me, this post is about books).
All of us have ideas all the time, it doesn´t have to be the fire or the time machine, just any idea. Also, a lot of us frequently don´t do anything about it, sometimes it´s for the best and sometimes a great idea is lost.
I have been there before, I know what I am talking about.
Why don’t we do anything about it? We usually make excuses, I don´t have time, I don´t have money, it´s not the right time… excuses.
It´s fear of the unknown. We are living fine in our comfort zone, making convenient excuses that even we believe. We know our comfort zone, we could be better, but we are fine so, why bother?
Why risk our comfort zone to go a place we don´t know? As I said before, I have been there. When that happens I think, “what the worst that could happen?” Often, the answer is “I will come back to my comfort zone, so it´s not so bad, why not try it?”
ALL YOU NEED
Frequently, excuses come from fear of the unknown, fear of failure and mainly, lack of motivation.
When you have the motivation, there´s no excuses, if you encounter an issue in your way, you just solve it and continue. Your motivation will make you keep going no matter what, you will find a way.
You can find motivation anywhere a post, a video, a conversation with a friend… and also in a book.
Thinking about this, I have look for the books that will motivate you to create whatever it´s in your mind, or make your life a bit easier helping you along the way. I haven´t read all of them. These are the books that I would read, I will read, they are now on the never ending list of pending books.
If you have already read any, please, share your thoughts about it. Also, if you have read a book that has improved your creativity and should be on the list, tell us about it, it would be great!
Okay, stop this creativity rambling and let´s start with the books.
#1 BIG MAGIC
Obviously, it´s the first one on the list. I cannot recommend it enough.
The book responsible for this blog. I read it last year and after that, I start exploring my creativity using SkillShare and then, I started the blog.
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#2 THE CREATIVE HABIT
According to Twyla Tharp “creativity is the product of preparation and effort, and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it”
The words “creativity” and “habit” in the title was what caught my eye. It has to be on the list.
#3 STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST
Written by Austin Klean, according to Goodreads “a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone”. His message “you don´t need to be a genius, just need to be yourself”.
Some of you have told be that it´s a short book, beautifully design and with good points.
(Nice covers caught my eye)
#4 MANAGE YOUR DAY TO DAY: BUILT YOUR ROUTINE, FIND YOUR FOCUS, AND SHARPEN YOUR CREATIVE MIND
As I said before, creativity and productivity are linked.
“We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amidst chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters”.
#5 CREATIVE CONFIDENCE
“Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative”.
(Again a nice cover, am I the only one?)
#6 THE WAR OF ART
“Inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind”.
Great, sounds really helpful. Who has never had a creative block?
#7 THE POWER OF HABIT
This book is climbing really fast to the top of the list of books to read next. I have already recommended it in the post “Top 8 productivity books + one more”.
Habit are the key to success in any area of our life, also creativity.
#8 CATCHING THE BIG FISH
David Lynch, the filmmaker, offers an interesting and different point of view.
Goodreads: “Lynch describes the experience of “diving within” and “catching” ideas like fish – and then preparing them for television or movie screens, and other mediums in which he works, such as painting, music, and design. Lynch writes for the first time about his more than three-decade commitment to Transcendental Meditation and the difference it has made in his creative process.”
Meditation, consciousness, and creativity, sounds very intriguing. Looking forward to reading it!
#9 CREATIVE INC
This book has been on my list of pending books forever.
My thoughts while I write the post:
I have to do something to read faster, maybe a challenge, what do you think?
According to Goodreads “Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”
So, this is the list of the best books to boost your creativity, so far.
Any recommendation? Let me know, I am always willing to increase my never ending list of pending books.
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