Bored books: Books that spur creativity

Erin Kodicek on April 16, 2020

Bored books: Books that spur creativity

Cooped up and feeling a sinking sense of ennui? Maybe you can’t figure out what to binge-watch next, spring cleaning seems like adding insult to injury, and your family can’t abide any more of your culinary forays. Seems like the perfect time to tap into your creative side. These books can help. 

The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition by Julia Cameron

There’s a reason why there is a 25th anniversary edition. The Artist’s Way is the bible of creativity-spurring books, just as relevant and inspiring today as it was when it was first published.  

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert encourages us to get out of our own way in the service of indulging our creative pursuits. Too scared to start writing your first novel, or embark on another culinary foray (ignore your family’s criticisms. I do!), then this book is for you. Side note: If you need to read some great escapist fiction right now, check out Gilbert's City of Girls.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Kleon’s book specifically addresses creativity in the digital age, and advises us all to stop focusing so much on being original, because that can stymie our efforts. Kleon also is not a proponent of the starving artist. You can be creative and still make sure the bills are getting paid.    

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom & David Kelley

Think this post is not for you because you’re not “the creative type”? Tom and David Kelley argue that, in fact, we all have creative potential and there a strategies we can employ to unleash it at work and in our personal lives. 

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.

Many studies have identified a connection between creative inspiration and walking, and the same logic applies to play. Even with stay-at-home orders currently in place, exercise and movement are considered essential activities. And it has the added benefit of getting the creative juices flowing.

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