5 Books to Jumpstart Your Creativity

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Creativity can be a mysterious thing. Some people seem to have loads of it, while others are working hard to get and keep it. Then there’s the huge distinction between being creative and actually making something that can be put out into the world. 

The following are some interesting (and inspiring) books about creativity, from both the perspective of becoming more creative as well as encouraging that part of you. 

 

1. ‘Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration’ by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace 

 Creativity Inc. comes from the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and covers creativity in business and leadership. (All of which can be important for any role in the entertainment industry.)

The War of Art aims to be a guide for succeeding in any type of creative interest or goal. It covers overcoming the obstacles of ambition and reaching high level of creative discipline.

Those already familiar with Elizabeth Gilbert’s work will love Big Magic, but then again pretty much anyone will love Big Magic. Gilbert shares her own perspectives on creativity and offers up some of the permission that many people end up waiting for when it comes to pursuing passions.

4. Show Your Work’ by Austin Kleon

 Show Your Work comes from the same author as Steal Like an Artist. It highlights using a network instead of wasting time “networking,” as well as being findable.

5. Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind’ by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

Wired to Create explores the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people, using examples throughout history as well as findings from  neuroscience and psychology. 

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