The Best Books for Creatives: A Read List

Once a year, on October 25th, we celebrate International Artists Day. But you don’t have to wait all year to get creative, no matter which of these two categories you fall into:

  1. “Yup, I’ve got an artistic spirit (even if just a little)!”
  1. “Me, an artist? I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Please stop lying to me about how I can be creative.”

The truth about imagination is: it doesn’t matter what you believe about your own creative capacity. Whether you identify as a creative soul or feel you’re hopelessly non-artistic, we are all inherently creative, in some form! So no matter which camp you fall into, the below Read List will inspire and help you tap into your  creative talents. Happy International Artists Day! Now start creating.

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The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition
TarcherPerigee, on sale 10/25/16

TarcherPerigee, on sale 10/25/16

Twenty-five years ago, artist and writer Julia Cameron was struggling through a particularly tough time in her life. The result? Her book THE ARTIST’S WAY, which has since become an international phenomenon, helping those at any level of creativity channel their inspiration and work through their fear of failure. This 25th Anniversary edition features a lovely new package and a brand new introduction from the “priestess of creativity” herself, Julia Cameron.


Morning Pages: Deluxe Edition
TarcherPerigee, on sale 11/8/16

TarcherPerigee, on sale 11/8/16

Author Elizabeth Gilbert has said “Without THE ARTIST’S WAY, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” One of the main, life-changing tools of THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron is her activity “Morning Pages,” in which she helps readers learn to start each day – before doing anything else – by writing long hand: anything that comes to mind, anything they want, anything they wish to see more of in their lives. Try it and see what changes for you.


The Art of Creative Thinking
TarcherPerigee, on sale 3/15/16

TarcherPerigee, on sale 3/15/16

Deceptively simple, THE ART OF CREATIVE THINKING is the ideal, get-motivated-quick boost. Flip through and you’ll find a gem on every page about the creative processes of major cultural forces, from Picasso to The Beatles, from J.K. Rowling to The Simpsons creators. And you’ll probably also find out your favorite makers actually didn’t know what they were doing most of the time. Sound familiar?


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
TarcherPerigee, on sale 4/26/12

TarcherPerigee, on sale 4/26/12

One of the bestselling books about learning to draw ever sold, this updated edition is pretty-much  guaranteed to help you not only understand how to become better at drawing, but immediately see the world in new ways you hadn’t before. 


The Book of Doing
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TarcherPerigee, on sale 4/3/12

After so many days of routine, we somehow just forget (seriously) what wonders lay right before us. Luckily, THE BOOK OF DOING helps us remember – with prompts and activities for every day, no matter what our busy schedules or lives.


Wired to Create
TarcherPerigee, on sale 12/27/16

TarcherPerigee, on sale 12/27/16

What makes a highly creative person? Why are paradoxes so important? With its accessible merging of neuroscience, psychology, and pop culture, WIRED TO CREATE reminds us the path to creating is hardly ever a straight line. Find out why the evidence shows us that, when it comes to being creative, embracing all our contradictions is usually for the best.


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