Thursday, June 10, 2010

My Favorite Creativity Books

I love reading lists, so after creating lists of my favorite creativity blogs here and here, I decided to try creating a list of my favorite creativity books. While the books I have chosen may not be considered classics, they have helped me in some form develop or further enhance my own creativity.

A Whole New Mind
by Daniel Pink

The first book I reviewed on my blog still holds a place in my heart. Pink makes creativity and innovation practical and challenges the reader to interact. Could be considered a contemporary classic.

Guerilla Art Kit
by Keri Smith

In addition to being the most interactive book on the list - she actually gives you ideas for getting out and expressing your creativity - this post is one of the most popular on my blog. A guide for anyone wanting to encourage creative thinking in a non-traditional way.

by Gregg Fraley

Since reading this book late in 2007, I've had the pleasure of meeting the author, Gregg Fraley, online. In Jack's Notebook, Fraley weaves a fictional tale using Creative Problem Solving (CPS). Truly a rare find among creativity books.

by Steven Pressfield

I learned about this book from a workshop I took many years ago. When I finally sat down to read it one winter, I was blown away. Such a simple concept but written so powerfully. Mandatory reading for anyone working on a creative venture.

The Creative Habit
by Twyla Tharp

Written by the acclaimed choreographer, the Creative Habit explores just that from a truly inspiring creator.
  • What's your favorite book on creativity? 


Authentic Awakening said...

Thank you for this list! I haven't read any of them and have added them to my list on Shelfari where I track my books I've read and want to read.

One of my favorite books on creativity is
Painting from the Source: Awakening the Artist's Soul in Everyone
by Aviva Gold

Amanda said...

Two of my favorites are The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin

MELANIE said...

@Authenic ~ I haven't heard of that book. Must check it out!

@Amanda ~ Oh, yes those are good ones too. Thx for sharing :)

Kathy Jordan said...

I echo Amanda's recommendations. Those 2 books were top of my mind when you asked about additions to your list.

I also loved Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind. I feel really fortunate that Dan has provided the cover endorsement for my new book on creative life change coming out in August. Maybe someday if I'm lucky I might make your list :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the titles, I will have to check them out.. I really love anything by Keri Smith, so I will have to check that one out first!