Five Great Books about Creativity

Everyone possesses creativity, but you need to nurture it in order to become more creative on the job, whether you’re producing a corporate event or planning an employee awards night. Fortunately, there are many sources of inspiration to help us develop our creativity. Here are a few of our favorites.

  1. Manage Your Day-to-Day: Jocelyn K. Glei

The book starts from a premise that we’ve probably all felt at some point, which is that the dizzying pace of our professional lives has left us with little passion for creativity. Jocelyn K. Glei reminds us that we must take responsibility for our routine and make time for what motivates us, rather than blame the job or other factors on our lack of imagination.

  1. The Creative Habit: Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp shares her thoughts on developing and fine-tuning the creative talents we all possess. The book recognizes there are many sources of imagination and our choice of a creative outlet is an individual one that can’t be forced upon us by others. Her recommendation for enhancing our creativity is to treat it like a habit that requires repetition. Repeated often, creativity becomes second nature.

  1. Steal Like an Artist: Austin Kleon

The author’s theory on the imagination is everyone has one, and you don’t need to be a genius to convey your creativity; you just need to be yourself. In other words, there are no original concepts anymore, but we can still be creative. It’s all about embracing innovative ideas and re-imagining them with a new spin.

  1. Creative Confidence: Tom Kelly and David Kelly

The assumption only “creative types” are capable of being innovative and engaging in their work and personal lives is debunked by the Kelly brothers. Through a series of stories based on their own experiences and in working with many of the world’s largest organizations, the authors assure readers that we all have creative potential that we can tap. The book goes through concepts and strategies to help readers do exactly that in all areas of their lives.

  1. The War of Art: Steven Pressfield

As a practical blueprint for success in a creative field, this book takes the position we all put up roadblocks for ourselves when faced with creative endeavors. Our inner voice plants obstacles to realizing our dreams of owning our business, writing a book, or learning to play a musical instrument. There’s a battle waging between the part of our psyche that wants to accomplish creative goals, and the part that doubts our potential to achieve. Steven Pressfield identifies this enemy and offers tips on conquering the negativity that prevents people from achieving success in creative fields.

Are there other interesting and informative books about creativity that you would add to this list? We’d love to hear what you’re reading!

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