I get emails from other creatives asking me what tools I use to keep my creativity flowing. I thought I would put a resources page together for you to keep your creativity flowing! These are some of the resources that pump me full of electricity, inspire me to sit down and get writing.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity This book is a classic and one of my favourites by far. It is a self-help book by an American author called Julia Cameron. The book is very easy to follow and aimed at removing artistic blocks and developing self-confidence. It’s devised as a 12-week course for people to work through alone or in groups. It’s a very effective system of exercises to get your creativity flowing. I did this course with a group of friends and found it very fruitful.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear This book is a game changer. Elizabeth Gilbert shares her insights into creativity in a very down to earth way. She confronts the image of ‘the suffering artist’ – and shows us it doesn’t have to be that way. She teaches by example with stories from her own life. Elizabeth suggests creative ways to develop our curiosity, embrace what we love and love and release our deepest fears. I had her audio-book on loop for a month! (I should get out more.)
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown is perhaps the single piece of work that has moved me more than everything. The pressure we can build around our creativity can be intense. Is my work good enough to show the world? What if no one likes what I do? How would I cope with the rejection? We can spend our time trying to shield ourselves from vulnerability. Brené turns this picture on it’s head in the most profound fashion. “We associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.”
Creative Quest by Questlove – QuestLove rocks….this is just a fact. What he brings to the table in this arena is overwhelming. This is a blue print for living your best creative self. He looks at subjects such as, what creativity means, mentoring and being an apprentice, contemporary culture, creative networking and much more. I defy anyone to read this and not feel inspired to create something. If you read no other book on creativity, read this.
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