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Did you know the idea of Harry Potter came to J.K Rowling on a delayed train ride and then 7 years later she produced the first book? Yeah, that’s right. She spent 7 years, nearly broke and living of government assistance, writing a novel. She couldn’t have known millions of people would become obsessed with her work (myself included), but she still gave it her best.
Each one of us have the potential to do what J.K Rowling has done; to do what we love and create something beautiful. But it is so easy to give up during the process, especially when we fail time after time. Or you have people in your life who think you are wasting your time and don’t understand why you didn’t become a nurse, or a lawyer, or a (insert similar, non-creative job here) instead.
Every successful creative became successful by not giving up. So, I have brought you 6 life-changing books every creative person needs to be reading right now. Like, right now. Because whether you write, design, paint or create any other kind of art…reading what these authors have to say is going to help you and your talent tremendously.
You can head to your local library or visit the quick links to Amazon I’ve provided for each book so you can grab your own copy!
As you can tell from the title, this is one self help book that gets right to the point. This book covers all aspects of life, and I included it because sometimes we let those aspects become excuses for not living up to our potential. Jen Sincero not only makes you laugh, she gives you the push you need to stop complaining and start changing.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear | Elizabeth Gilbert
I believe a lot of artists stay on the safe side or, worse, don’t create because they fear their work won’t be perfect. Elizabeth Gilbert urges banishing that idea of perfection and discovering your talent while remaining humble about your successes. Don’t let your “genius” cripple your ability to create more!
We all strive to be original at some point or another. This book saves you the trouble by letting you know that nothing is original. Everything has been thought of at least a dozen times, the trick is to add your own touch to it. Austin Kleon gives more advice on how to be yourself when you’re creating and how to find yourself if you don’t know who you are just yet.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing The Creative Potential Within Us All | Tom & David Kelley
I found this book when I was first starting to share my work with others. I was doubting my talent, I wasn’t even sure who I was, what my style was, etc. I am still learning and figuring that out but this book played a big part in not allowing myself to give up and owning my creative ability.
I can not express enough how important routine is, especially if you are a creative. If you ever feel like you are working so hard but still not getting much done, or have trouble with time management, this book is for you. It helps you develop healthy habits that boost your productivity and untangle your day-to-day life. Learn how to balance your projects and other responsibilities so you are not overrun.
Damn Good Advice (For People With Talent!) | George Lois
This is full of lessons from one of the most legendary creative thinkers, original “Mad Man” George Lois. Much like You Are A Bad Ass, this book is straight to the point. With gems like, “If you aren’t burnt out at the end of the day, you’re a bum!”, George Lois stresses that we have to take charge of what we want out of life, otherwise we’ll never be satisfied.
There are so many books out there that would be helpful in motivating the creative process, but these are essential. At least, I feel like they have been essential to my own growth as both a writer and a designer. Do you have any others to add to this list? Let me know, I love a good read!