10 Must-Read Books for Rediscovering Your Creative Self in 2019

Do you feel like you simply arent creative? Did the 2018 hustle and bustle drain all the creative goop straight out of you? Or are you one of the many who feel like they’ve never had any to begin with? Well I’ve got some news for you—you ARE creative. Always.

Yep, believe it. And embracing that innate creativity enriches life, making you a more skilled, interesting and multifaceted person. It is a wonderful thing. Whether you strive to be a better entrepreneur or doctor, are a professional in a creative field, or simply want to take up an artsy hobby, getting back in touch with your creative side can make profound and positive shifts in your life. To get you inspired, here’s a reading list of 10 incredible books on creativity, any of which is sure to get your creative mojo brewing…

The Artist's Way

1. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron

Even though it has been around for well over two decades, this is potentially still the most highly-recommended book on creativity among creative professionals.

It’s beautifully straightforward—Cameron leads you through a 12-week program towards the rediscovery of their creative self. Every week centers around a different theme towards creative rehabilitation, but the main practices that thread through the program are “artist dates” (solo weekly adventures to stimulate your creative self) and “morning pages” (the practice of journaling three full pages of thoughts every single morning).

It may sound simple, but it is incredibly powerful. Highly recommended for all.

Art Before Breakfast

2. Art Before Breakfast

Danny Gregory

Are you too busy to have time for your creative pursuits? This book turns that common misbelief on its head. Art Before Breakfast is filled with super short, highly accessible exercises and advice to help aspiring artists make and find time to pursue their passions and turn their creativity into a habit.

On that note…

creative habit

3. The Creative Habit

Twyla Tharp

Being creative isn’t a gift; it is a habit. Renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp leads you through the development of your creative habit through personal experience and a series of excellent exercises.

It’s a fascinating insight into the highly structured skeleton that is high creativity, which takes a bit of the daunting mysticism out of the creative process.

Manage Your Day-To-Day

4. Manage Your Day-To-Day

Jocelyn Glei

Do you feel overworked and burnt out at the end of the day and yet feel like you didn’t get to tackle half of what you needed to accomplish? Is your creative juice box regularly coming up empty? You need to read this book.

With the tips, rituals and advice from 20 highly successful creatives, this book is an indispensable toolkit for dealing with the modern day work environment’s demand for constant communication, 24/7 effort and  endless creative ideas.

Big Magic

5. Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert

We are all creative—whether we are currently indulging in our creative urges or not. Gilbert discusses the magic of creativity and how to be ready to deliver when that next interesting idea pops into your hea, plus how to fight back against those fearful instincts that stop you from making work.

Hint, it takes habitual practice and commitment… noticing a theme?

This is an inspiring book that you’ll be sure to come back to time and again.

Steal Like an Artist

6. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Ever Told You About Being Creative

Austin Kleon

There are no new ideas. In the history of humankind, pretty much everything has been done before, but no one has ever put things together in the way you could. This book discusses the fear of being unoriginal and why it is nonsense.

According to Kleon, nothing is original, and that’s okay. Just be yourself, take notes from those who inspire you and came before you, and make things. This quick read is beautifully illustrated and can serve as kick-in-the-butt motivation for when you’re feeling down on yourself.

Creative Confidence

7. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within All of Us

Tom Kelley & David Kelley

You don’t have to consider yourself an artist or a creative to enjoy this book. In fact, it is an excellent read for entrepreneurs of all sorts who are looking to take a more creative approach to problem-solving and product design.

These brothers explain that we all have creativity in our genes, even logic-minded people like accountants, and they explain how to unleash it and reap the benefits in any area of life.


8. Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott

Another uber popular classic, this clever and enjoyable book centers on the art of writing, but don’t get turned away. Its lessons apply to any and every facet of creativity.

Half writing advice, half life advice, this is an indispensable addition to any stuck creative’s shelf.

The Book of Doing

9. The Book of Doing

Allison Arden

Screw being a grown-up! Get back in touch with your inner child—back when creativity roamed wild and free.

The Art of Doing provides a collection of inspired activities and ideas to explore and experiment with your creative urges in a way that you probably haven’t done since you were six. It’s sure to bring a smile to your face—just make sure you have an open mind and are ready to get your hands dirty.

Zig Zag

10. Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity

Keith Sawyer

If you’re more interested in the science behind creativity and how we get ideas, this is the book for you. Keith Sawyer is an accomplished researcher in creative thinking, which has helped to inform his ideas on what actually makes some people seem more creative than others.

Along with lots of good science, he includes hundreds of lessons and techniques that you can use day-to-day to help with your creative journey.

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Jessica K
Jessica K5 months ago

I like Big Magic and Bird by Bird. Thanks.

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