Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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5 Books To Spike Your Creativity

There are certain books that will supercharge your imagination and kick your creativity into overdrive. It can be difficult to find the best ones, though, and that’s why today I’d like to recommend to you five genuine gems that will get your creative juices flowing.

If you’re a writer, chances are, that you might enjoy a cup of coffee or two on a regular base, especially while working on that new novel of yours. Coffee gives me Superpowers is an awesome and extremely well-designed little book, that explains in simple and fun ways how caffeine (and alcohol) affect your brain, and how these substances can enhance your creativity when used responsibly. A must-have for every coffee enthusiast out there.

Not to be confused with Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Simon Pressfield’s book is packed with great advice on how to finally bring your imaginations to life. Most creative people know the pain of having way too many ideas and getting new ones with every new day, while never actually finishing anything they started. If this sounds like you, and if you like the idea of declaring war to procrastination and lame excuses, you should definitely give The War of Art a try.

This book is one of the all-time classics, and you probably have heard of it by now. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott actually inspires you to do the work that needs to be done, even if it seems like there’s so much more to do than you could ever accomplish. Creating an elaborate fantasy world within your mind might be genuinely fun and engaging, but bringing all of these ideas to paper in an enjoyable manner can be a rather intimidating task. After all, no one will be able to read your story, if you lose steam halfway through the first act.

Creativity often comes to a complete halt over unnecessary contemplations on how exactly you should write something down. The Elements of Style teaches you all the little details to unspoken writing questions you always kept wondering about. Being creative is most fun when it is not difficult, and writing is so much easier when your grammar and punctuation skills are up to par. This book is a rather small guide, which you can always carry with you, and reading one or two pages will more often than not result in an urge to write something down immediately.

As it says on the cover, Randall Munroe gives serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions. Aside from being incredibly hilarious to read, these little scenarios really make you ask “what if…” over and over. Your mind will turn into an idea factory after reading this. Especially if you’re a fan of Randall Munroe’s web comic xkcd, or just like to have a good time over-analyzing absurd scenarios, this should be an instant buy.

About the Author
Ben Wendtner is an Austrian author and the creator of the online writing platform Belletristica, a place to publish, enjoy and chat about written words of all kinds.

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