Six Must-Read Books On Creativity

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For my first post, I’ll share with you a list of books on creativity that I’ve read over the years. I highly recommend them.

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Flow is about the psychology of optimal experience, something the author calls “flow”: a joyous state characterized by an intense personal involvement with the task at hand, a rush of creativity, and an experience of unmatchable pleasure.

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Creativity is about the psychology of creativity and invention. It examines a bunch of creative personalities in a wide range of fields, looking for commonalities, traits, and lessons to learn. The writing style is pretty formal, but it’s a fascinating read.

Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland
This little book is about the nagging fear that lurks in the back of every artist’s mind. You’ll learn how to better deal with rejection and criticism (and the fear of those things).

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
This book is about overcoming the forces of something Pressfield calls The Resistance: the evil force that thwarts, prevents, and blocks every artist from doing the work he or she is meant to do.

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Bradbury’s book is about being a writer, getting in touch with your muse, and writing stories you’ll care about. It’s not technical—it doesn’t tell you how to write, but it’s highly inspirational.

The Courage to Create by Rollo May
About the psychology of creativity. It’s written by an influential psychologist. A dense read, but if you really want to dig deep on how to tap your inner creative power, this book will surely help.


Have you read any of these books? If so, tell me what you think. I’d also love to hear other suggestions.


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