The best books on creativity 📚

Browse the best books on creativity as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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

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

By Julia Cameron

Why this book?

When I first heard about The Artist’s Way, I doubted that this was a book for me. Was I wrong! Over the next year, I met monthly with a visual artist to process each chapter. We discussed prompts, our artist date, or what we wrote from the suggested journaling. The invitations at the end of each chapter led me to work that fed my spirit. Transforming theory into action exercised my creative muscles. The variety of creative engagements encouraged a rich body of work and a new confidence, while the book’s quotes introduced me to other thinkers. Artist’s-Way work…

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The best books for creative jump starts – whatever your medium

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Book cover of Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happines

By Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Why this book?

Using simple exercises that are perfectly adapted to our pace of life, it teaches us to meditate in mindfulness and to reap all the benefits: relaxation, sharpened concentration, development of creativity and empathy, building healthy and fruitful relationships. This book is an invaluable guide to reach our best potential in our professional and personal lives. And, best of all this author has a great sense of humor.

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The best books on Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and mindfulness

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Book cover of The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

By Seth Godin

Why this book?

In The Practice, Godin successfully does that “thing,” that he is so uniquely good at: sharing wisdom with panache and joy, not condescension or cliché. He artfully argues for the creative to better empathize with their audience, and in doing so, create better art. Since, creativity is nothing without impact.

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The best books on creativity and how to harness it as a skill

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative

By Austin Kleon

Why this book?

When my oldest son asked for this book for Christmas a couple of years ago, I had to see what kind of creativity book would appeal to a non-reader like him. One written by a creative from his own generation, as the author is my son’s age. A quick read, this short volume will definitely appeal to those who have grown up with Internet access and social media, but it is an inspiring guide to creativity for all ages, presenting ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.

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The best books to jumpstart your creativity

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Book cover of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Why this book?

I’ve never read Eat, Pray, Love, but Big Magic showed me what the hype surrounding Eilzabeth Gilbert is all about. This book helped dispel some of the deep-seeded “artists die broke and alone” socially imparted beliefs that I didn’t even realize were hidden deep down there. It also gave me a language for talking about the ideas I have that aren’t right for me (or aren’t right for me right now), which is incredibly freeing. It strips the guilt, shame, and most of the frustration away from “writer’s block,” and that gave me a fresh perspective on creative…

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The best books to make your marketing more creative

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Book cover of Birds Art Life Death: The Art of Noticing the Small and Significant

Birds Art Life Death: The Art of Noticing the Small and Significant

By Kyo Maclear

Why this book?

A perfectly formed, intimate epiphany of a book about birdwatching, by a non-birdwatcher. Unmoored by her father’s illness, Maclear tries to find a way of making life make sense. She experiments with calligraphy; she wrestles with writer’s block. One day she meets a birdwatching musician, who explains how the activity helps dissipate his worries and daily pressures. Intrigued, she asks if she can tag along. Reluctant at first, and almost despite herself, the author begins to find peace and unexpected beauty in the urban landscape. She discovers that simply being still triggers introspection. This is also a book about the…

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The best books about women, birds, and nature

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