7 Books to Jump Start Your Creativity

 7 Books to Jump Start Your Creativity

If you’re participating in one of the monthly writing or art challenges, the first week or so is the hardest so I’ve rounded up a list of 7 books that will jump start your creativity. We’re four days into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Writing Month).  It’s also Create Art Everyday month.  Are you participating in any of these? I’m participating in NaBlogPoMo on my blog I’m Not the Nanny.

If you need some inspiration or want to get those creative juices rolling, these 7 books are sure to help:

1The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp. Broadway dance choreographer shares her creative journey and her lessons learned during her 35+ year career. She shares her creative habits and gives readers mental exercises, rituals, even how to organize your materials to stay focused and creative.

2. Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain by Stefan Mumaw. When you’re stuck, try out one of the 250 brief, fun, brain-stretching exercises that are sure to get you rolling. There’s also testimonials  from different creative folks and interviews of well-known creative people.

3.  Living Out Loud by Keri Smith. Smith is a graphic artist who encourages her readers to grow their creativity through play. This colorful book is illustrated in her unique style that will make you want to pull out your colored pencils (or crayons).

4.  The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder by Jill Badonsky.  Written almanac style, this guide gives daily quotes, word pools, inspiration and journal prompts. Badonsky is also an artist and her daily prompts will work for writers or artists.

5. The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin. With insight from 45 successful creative women, McMeekin has gathered usable by any woman who wants to unlock her creative power.  There’s also stories and anecdotes from authors, business women, artists, chefs, and even psychologists!

6. The Creativity Book: A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and Guidance by Eric Maisel presents a one year plan for “increasing and unleashing your creativity.” Maisel is a creativity coach who has written numerous books for artists, writers, and other creatives. Each themed week offers exercises that will change how you think about your creative process.

7. Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals by Eric Maisel. I’m including another Maisel book because this one isn’t just about being creative, but how to navigate the business world in order to become successful. Too often creativity books concentrate on the act of creating itself and not on how to find success in the marketplace and manage relationships (both personal and business). I have highlighted the heck out of my copy and love this book! (Read my full review here.)

Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books on creativity?

Like this list? Check out our list of books for writers on writing.

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