Books To Be More Creative

Some titles her have made best seller lists such as Self-help/Creativity on Amazon.com. Others relate to personal growth, which fuels creativity.

[Photo: Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn.” Both actors read widely.]

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Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer

Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2012: “Combining cutting-edge neurological research with the age-old mystery of how and when inspiration strikes, Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine: How Creativity Works is a fun, engaging study of creativity.

 

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

By Brene Brown, PhD

Brown says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

In a post on her blog, she writes: “Before my research on wholeheartedness… I was completely disconnected from my creativity. My disconnection took the form of judgment, resentment, and fear: ‘A-R-T – how nice. I have a J-O-B – I’m doing real work.’

“Today, I’m reconnected with my creativity and it’s transforming every part of my life.”

“In her chapter on creativity she explains the paralyzing properties of comparison. Brown may be one of the only writers in this genre that offers us a path for change and an honest look at the obstacles.” From book description on her site brenebrown.com.

“Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life.” – Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind.

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

By Austin Kleon

Biography:  “Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He’s the author of Steal Like An Artist and Newspaper Blackout. His work has been featured on 20×200, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The Wall Street Journal. He speaks about creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.”

[See video in my list of Books for the Creative Mind.]

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By Keri Smith

Three titles: Wreck This Journal (the expanded edition), This Is Not a Book, and Mess.

“Keri Smith is a bestselling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books demonstrate a ‘learn by doing approach’, and are being used in school curriculums all over the world as a way of fostering non-traditional methods of exploration. She also teaches and conducts workshops based on her non-traditional techniques across North America.”

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Inspired and Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work!

By Tama J. Kieves.

Tama Kieves is an inspiring example of someone who has overcome the pressures to keep following a path on which her high intelligence gained her many rewards, but at too great a spiritual cost because she was denying her creative passions.

She had graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, but left her career as “an overworked attorney” to follow her “soul’s haunting desire to become a writer.”

In her new book she addresses challenges that many creative, high ability people may face – and provides stories and strategies for inspiration. Here are a few excerpts.

“As a creative individual, visionary leader, independent thinker, soul-healer, or entrepreneur, it’s your birthright to utilize other talents, insights, resources, and innate strategies.”

“You are not made to fit into the world, make it in the world, but to remake the world, heal the world, and illuminate new choices and sensibilities.”

[Read more in post: Tama Kieves on inspired desire and new directions.]

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By Laura Berman Fortgang

She was earlier in life a professional musical theatre performer, has had appearances on Oprah, The CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today, Good Morning America and others. One of the first to be formally trained as a professional coach, she is also an Interfaith minister, and author of multiple personal growth titles.

This short book has many stimulating perspectives, and I have gone back to it for mental refreshment a number of times. Here are a couple of her quotes:

“It is this feeling of wonder, openness, and curiosity that can give birth to so much as long as we can get comfortable exploring the vastness of the unanswered questions. Leading life in a meaningful way requires embracing the empty spaces, the blanks and vastness. Living in the gap, we find ourselves.”

[From post: Laura Berman Fortgang on our quest for a meaningful life.]

“What’s interesting is that some of the smartest people with the most developed minds suffer the most at the hand of their own high analytical ability when it comes to having happiness and meaning in their life.”

Also see :

Books for the Creative Mind

Books: High Ability

Books: Highly Sensitive People

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December 13th, 2012