October is National Book Month, so check out some of these books to get your creativity flowing. Even if you do not consider yourself an artist, per se, these books contain effective ways to generate ideas, bring creativity into your professional work, and bring a bit of play into your life.
5. “Dancing About Architecture: A Little Book of Creativity” – Phil Beadle crafts an outrageous guide to creativity by putting seemingly incompatible ideas together in order to create new, exciting possibilities. The book is mainly geared toward teaching or planning activities to spur ideas in a group setting, but it can also be used to get yourself out of a creative dry spell. Filled with stimulating exercises, this book is bursting with new ways to get you thinking.
4. “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” – Austin Kleon’s book is a must-have for any coffee table. In a world where nothing is original, Kleon reminds us to follow our own interests, think with our hands, and get to work. The book is addicting to read with its graphic format and is full of great advice for anyone at any point in life.
3. “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” – Stuart Brown, M.D. bases his book on the idea that the single most important factor in determining success and happiness in life is our ability to play. Based on scientific research, Brown examines why we play and how to infuse it into our daily lives.
2. “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” – No book list on creativity would be complete without Julia Cameron. Originally published in 2002, she has sold over 4 million copies of “The Artist’s Way.” This book is the absolute best way to get rid of creative baggage (that you may not even know you had) and push past the blocks to creativity. Cameron takes you on a deeply personal journey into recognizing fear, guilt, and habits that inhibit inspiration and productivity.
1. “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life” – Twyla Tharp has choreographed an extraordinary number of dances, Hollywood movies, and Broadway shows. She founded her dance company in 1965 and is one of the best known choreographers in the U.S. In “The Creative Habit,” Tharp gives us the tools on how to connect with our creative selves through practice and create rituals around our daily lives. She reminds us that creativity is at anyone’s fingertips, but only with effort and rigor will we truly reach our potential.