If you consider yourself a creative person but never seem to get round to actually creating anything, you might need a boost of inspiration. Here are five books that will improve your chances.
‘Steal Like an Artist’ by Austin Kleon
One of the things that stops creative people taking action is the fear that they don’t have any original ideas. In this short, eloquent and easy to read book artist and writer Austin Kleon makes the case that there are ‘no new ideas under the sun’ and all creativity builds on existing ideas.
£6.99, Workman, Steal Like An Artist on Amazon
‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield is a best-selling historical novelist and author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, which was made into a Hollywood film. In The War of Art he describes how he sits down to write every day despite the ‘resistance’ – which is the part of all of us that would rather do anything else other than our creative work. If you’ve ever procrastinated about a creative project, this book is a must-read.
£7.04, Black Irish Entertainment LLC, The War of Art on Amazon
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The Artist’s Way might be a bit too ‘touchy-feely’ for some, but if you’re really feeling stuck when it comes to being creative, it might just be worth picking up this classic guide to getting back in touch with your inner artist, which includes a programme of weekly exercises.
£10.49, Pan, The Artist’s Way on Amazon
Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
The author of Ignore Everybody started out in his career as a New York advertising copywriter but discovered he could make a living drawing cartoons on the back of business cards (with the help of the internet). This illustrated manual contains plenty of wit and wisdom aimed at young people just getting started in their careers.
£13.59, PORTFOLIO, Ignore Everybody on Amazon
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp made her name as a dancer and choreographer. In The Creative Habit she argues that the key to daily creativity is preparation, turning up and making an effort every single day. As well as lessons from her own life, she also shares some of her strategies for a successful creative life.
£6.29, Simon & Schuster, The Creative Habit on Amazon