The Best Books To Inspire A Creative Life

The Books I Picked & Why

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

By Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Why this book?

This book is the literary equivalent of being swaddled in a cloth and sung a lullaby that goes, “You’re a special artist. Everything is OK." Julia Cameron gives you a way to make a life as a writer, one that fulfills you and creates your best work. She’s like the high priestess of creativity.


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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

By Steven Pressfield

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Why this book?

Learn to fight resistance and express your creativity. If you need help with self-discipline and creativity, this is the book for you. It’s a great one for people just starting out, who need to create better habits.


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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol S. Dweck

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Why this book?

You might think you have the right mindset to grow as an artist, but this book might just call you out, as it did to me. It will show you all the ways you’ve been holding yourself back without realizing it. It will help you understand hard work, and why it’s a part of everyone’s journey.


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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

By David Bayles, Ted Orland

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Why this book?

A guide to making art for those of use who are not geniuses. Don’t worry about making a masterpiece, just make your pieces of art. If you have a hard time letting yourself make bad art, so that you can one day make great art, this is the one to start with.


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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

By Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Why this book?

This gorgeous book on productivity and living as a writer encourages you to face the page and get work done. It distills the overwhelm “of being an artist” down to a daily rhythm of a writer’s life. It’s a deep breath in book form, a hand-hold on the page.


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