Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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5 More Books to Spike Your Creativity

5 More Books to Spike Your Creativity

Creativity Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

This book by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Studios is a book for anyone who strives for originality. In it, he says the book is “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.” It is a book designed more for managers to help their teams strive for creative and new ideas, but it holds great ideas to spark your creativity, as well. The book also talks about Pixar’s rise, and how they started from humble beginnings. It’s a great book to get inspiration and ideas to tap into your creative side!

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

Austin Kleon says that you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. This book has illustrations, examples, and exercises to put you directly in touch with your artistic and creative side. This book is filled with new ideas about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas and remix and re-imagine to discover your path. “Steal like an artist” just means that nothing is completely original. “All creative work builds on what came before.” One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Remember: even the Beatles started as a cover band.”

The Little Spark - 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity

This great book by Carrie Bloomston has some great ways to ignite your inner fire with engaging exercises, activities, images, and ideas! In it, you will find how to find your creative “Little Spark” and capture it. You can use this book as a spare-time reader, read it cover to cover, or even as a 30-day creative map! You can even use the book as a guide for creative activities, just to get those “sparks” going to a full fire of creativity! It’s filled with all sorts of nuggets of spark-fuel, so read it and go out and create!

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

This book by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire is based on Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Gregoire’s famous article in the Huffington Post. It takes a glimpse into the “messy minds” of highly creative people. The book shows how embracing our own contradictions (mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play), we can tap into our deepest creativity! With insights from Picasso, Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, John Lennon, and more, this book is a must-read!

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Sometimes, we all assume that creativity and invention are only in the “creative type” domain, but that is incorrect! Each and every one of us has that creativity inside, and Tom Kelley and David Kelley show us how in this book. The founder and partner brothers talk about how to unleash the creativity that lies within all of us that is just waiting to be tapped! If you struggle with creativity and innovation, this may be just the book you need to read.

In case you need more inspiration, be sure to check out the first post we wrote on this topic, about the first 5 titles that can assist you in growing your creativity: 5 Books to Spike Your Creativity.

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