10 Must Read Books to Inspire Creativity in You

The books on crative thinking on this list will inspire you, empower you, and guide you through the maze of creativity that leads to your most artistic and productive self. Here are nine books that every creative person must read immediately.

You will not regret reading these books. Here are some books to inspire and invigorate you. There is nothing like reading an immersive book. Reading has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and sometimes all it takes is a good mental getaway to get back to your creative best. Nothing would release your creative juices flow as much as reading an enthralling and immersive book. Reading is also proven to be a good workout for the brain and is touted as the essential activity that everyone ought to pursue.

 Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel kahneman

It was the 2012 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in science, engineering or medicine.

Thinking Fast and Slow is an amazing, must-read book by Daniel Kahneman. Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist and holds a Nobel Prize in Economics for his work. This book primarily aims at exploring the reason and systems that make us think the way we do the central thesis is a dichotomy between two modes of thought:

“System 1” is fast, instinctive and emotional; “System 2” is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.

He mentions in his book that most of the major decisions that we make in our life are guided by a balance of these two phases.

It is important to know when to apply either of these two systems in our decision-making process which will yield better results. We are all defined by the decisions we make. With practical insights into how to make better decisions in different circumstances, Thinking Fast and Slow is a must-read book to learn more about the human thinking process and make the most of it to hone your decision -making skills and change your entire perspective on life in general.

Steal like an artist by Austin kleon

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is a book on coming up with creative ideas written by Austin Kleon and published in 2012from Workman Publishing. The book has since then become a New York Times BestsellerKleonpresents himself as a young writer and artist emphasizing that creativity is everywhere and is for everyone. In his own words, “You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself”.Kleon points out that no artist’s work is ever completely original, and that trying to be completely original will daunt an artist and eventually smothers his creativity. He suggests artists embrace the inevitability of influence, to celebrate living outside of a vacuum, to relax, and have fun with their art. Beyond that, he also goes on to offer tips on how to stay focused, upbeat, and be receptive to incoming inspiration.  Full of exercises, practical examples, and illustrations, Steal like an Artist is a must-read book to inspire the creativity in you.

Play by Stuart brown

The Play is a marvelous book on creativity and how to play fuels it in daily life. We forget to play the way when we were kids. It doesn’t make sense to play with toys at an age when you’re meant to take care of your people, but hey, why not? It is the illusion of the daily life that we forget to enjoy our time and fill it up with worries and anxiety. It is one of the primary reasons that kill off one’s creativity and Play is an amazing book that puts the purposeless act of playing into the light.

Stuart Brown explores the scientific side to why play matters a lot to our creativity, memory, and intelligence in general. Exploring the paths of neuroscience, biology, psychology and social science, Play is a mindful read to learn more about the importance of playing and how to involve some part of it in your daily life.

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

It is said that we teach best the things we need to learn the most. For Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, a scientist specializing in manic-depressive illness, this meant learning to manage the emotional highs and lows of the bipolar disease she not only researched but personally experienced alongside her patients. In An Unquiet Mind, Jamison explores the rollercoaster that is bipolar disorder — not just the depression, but also the creative bursts that prompt so many patients to reject medication. This one will definitely make you think.

Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

The authors of Art & Fear keep it real with readers, digging deep into the ins and outs of the creative life: how artists work, where that never-ending urge to procrastinate really comes from, and why so many artists give up on their creative projects too soon. If you’re a creative spirit who’s ever felt like you’re just not talented enough to “make it big” this book is definitely the nod of encouragement you need it is absolutely living beyond fear.

I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones

I Am That Girl is your go-to guide for feeling empowered, dreaming fearlessly, and becoming the woman you’ve always wanted to be. Author Alexis Jones has helped girls all over the world to think about their greatest passions in order to discern what their true purposes in life are. Think of this book as your own personal cheerleader.

Naked by David Sedaris

David Sedaris writes with an “I’m-in-pain-I’m-laughing-so-hard” hilarity. Filled with personal anecdotes about childhood and family, weddings and funerals, and so much more, Naked tells the story of one writer’s creative life: on the page, in his imagination, and of course, out in the wildly amusing world. Sedaris proves that literally anything can be used as inspiration for art.

Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull

Creativity Inc is another of my favorite books on creativity by Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar Animation studio. What’s better than to take creativity tips from the one behind the success of Toy Story, Wall-E, Incredibles! and much more? Having dominated the animation industry for more than twenty years and still counting, Ed Catmull’s book investigates what it takes to devise effective storytelling and having an emotional authenticity to lifeless characters.

Protecting the creative process is essential to cultivate the creativity inside of us and Ed Catmull’s book tackles all of those issues pretty well. Setbacks are a way of life and it takes better creative skills to tackle them effectively. Know more about the inside story of how Pixar Animation studios faced all of its setbacks and cultivated a culture which has become a breeding house for some of the best-animated feature films in the world.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Dr. Brené Brown

No single book has done more for pulling the curtains back on our culture of “never enough” and debunking myths around vulnerability.  let me tell you, she comes correct. Creativity does not happen without vulnerability. The answers to you making better art are not “out there” in the universe, they’re “inside” you. And they need to come out. This isn’t some soft book that could be an after-school special. This book will kick your ass into putting more of you into your work and unlocking a whole new world.

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Creativity is not a character trait, or something divined by the powers that be – it’s the combination of effort and desire. It is a process. Tharp paints a clear-headed portrait that matches my direct experience where creativity is within everyone’s reach.

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