What These Books Can Teach Us About Creativity

What happens when you don’t have mentors or support in your circle of friends and family? You go out and find them.

Books are an excellent place to find someone who can help you, make you feel understood and show you how to get to where you want to go.

Here are five of my favorite books on the subject of living a creative life.

5 Books to Boost Creativity

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity by Austin Kleon

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

The Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind by Cat Bennett

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The common threads are:

  • Yes! You can do it!
  • You owe to yourself
  • You owe it to everyone else
  • You are powerful
  • Fear is always there, or will come back
  • Mistakes are a part of the learning
  • Rejection is a part of it
  • Doubt is normal
  • You already have all that you need
  • Get to work already

I believe I am creative and always have been, so why would I need these books?

I have doubts. I want to be reassured that the direction I am heading in is right.

Writers have the words and the patience to make sense of what I think but have a hard time conveying. I have stronger visual skills than verbal skills and it is one of the big reasons why I love quotes so much.

When ever I have doubts about the arts and creativity, I remind myself that I (and millions of other people) love movies, books, art and music. It is my JOB to provide this service, just as there are people who provide services as doctors, electricians, farmers and teachers.

Action is the foundational key to all success.”