What really inspires creativity? The nature of inspiration is a well-debated topic and has been for many years. After all, if we can identify and harness our creative talents, we can come up with a solution to just about any problem – but the reality is more challenging than it sounds.
Whilst no-one knows for sure how the creative mind works, there are plenty of books that glean different insights into creativity. If you are looking for a creative job, understanding as much about your own creativity as you possibly can is essential.
Here are 5 great books to help you out.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Steal Like an Artist is a great book by Austin Kleon. It actually began life as a lecture about the ten things he wishes someone had told him when he started out as a writer and an artist. After the speech went viral, he decided to delve deeper into his ideas and wrote this book.
Steal Like an Artist is an inspiring, practical and entertaining exploration into where creativity comes from. It spreads a positive message about creativity and includes a range of exercises and examples to help readers get in touch with their creative side.
Spark: How Creativity Works
Julie Burstein is an award winning radio presenter and public speaker. Throughout her career, she has interviewed all kinds of creative people and has discussed her insights at TED conferences. Her book, Spark: How Creativity Works, explores the elusive subject of creativity.
The book examines the roots of some of the most creative thinkers in the 20th Century and tries to identify the sources of their creative works and how they develop their ideas into a finished product.
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
Dr Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play, has spent much of his life studying how play affects the development of people and animals. In his book, he talks about why play is essential to our creativity, adaptability, intelligence, ability to solve problems and more skills we should develop.
The book blends neuroscience, psychology, real life events, biology and social science to argue why play is the most important work we do.
Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho insights for a new way of living)
Osho is one of the most well known spiritual leaders of the 20th Century. In Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within, he argues the point that a creative person was historically forced to be a rebel, but in modern society, this has completely changed. His book argues that modern life requires people to be creative in their day to day existence.
Yhe book is well suited for people who want to bring more creativity and playfulness into their lives.
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has brought together 30 years of research in an attempt to understand how people are able to come up with new ideas and new things. The author interviews a range of exceptional people, from scientists to politicians, business leaders and artists to explore the mysterious process of creativity.
Research sounds more like work than play, but reading about creativity can actually unlock talents you never knew you had. Once you understand more about your own creatibity, you’ll be well on the way to advancing your own creative career.
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By Sam Wright
Sam Wright is a creative writer working for the Brand Republic website.