5 Motivational & Inspirational Books To Spark Your Creativity

Feeling burnt out? Looking to increase your creativity and innovation? Here are 5 books that might be able to help you out.

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Burnout can be tough. Tiredness, feeling stuck, and procrastinating are all symptoms of creative burnout (according to Design.org). When dealing with these effects, it is sometimes best to take a break. But, if you’re dealing with deadlines or your creative break is coming to an end, there are other ways to jumpstart your creativity sooner than later. By reading these 5 books, becoming more creative will be an easy task.

1. 365 Days of Creativity: Inspire Your Imagination with Art Every Day By Lorna Scobie

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Practice makes perfect, or at least everybody seems to say it does. Sometimes the best way to get out of a creative slump is to take a few moments of self-reflection and think about creativity in a new and fresh way. The book/journal 365 Days Of Creativity allows you to practice your creativity through daily prompts, goal-setting exercises, and tips that will allow creative energy to seep into all of your endeavors. 

2. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World By Steven Johnson

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Struggling to find that creative spirit? You’re not alone. At one point or another, some of the world’s most famous innovators lacked the ideas or motivation to make it big. One way to get inspired is to remember the work that came before us. Throughout How We Got To Now, Steve Johnson discusses the development of some modern marvels such as Wi-Fi and refrigeration (to name a few). Explore not only how the world has developed, but also the surprising ways that these developments connect. Did you know that clean water technologies led to the manufacturing of computer chips? If the book is not inspiration enough, it has since been developed into a six-part PBS docu-series

3. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative By Austin Kleon

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Have you ever felt like none of your creative ideas are original? The tough-love truth is that you’re probably right. In this book, Austin Kleon argues that the true artist does not need to focus on being original to create something great. Rather, it is more important to just get started now and be smart about the way you go about doing creative work. Through this illustrated book, learn why you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. For prompts and guided writing based on these principles, also check out Kleon’s The Steal Like an Artist Journal: A Notebook for Creative Kleptomaniacs.

4. In The Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs By Grace Bonney

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Phrases like ‘You can do it’ and ‘You are not alone’ are certainly a bit cliche and can honestly get a little annoying sometimes. However, when you’re feeling stuck, being reminded of these slightly obvious things can end up being helpful. In the Company of Women places you, well, in the company of women who are creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and more. These women share their experiences, struggles, and successes in getting to where they are. Grace Bonney invites readers to learn from a diverse group of women who are all inspirational in their own right.

5. Shut Up and Write: The No-Nonsense, No B.S. Guide to Getting Words on the Page By Natasha Khullar Relph

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Sometimes we do not have time to sit and reflect on our own burnout, book a yoga retreat in the forest, or take another writing course. Sometimes our editor (or boss, manager, principal, etc.) gives us a tight deadline that needs to be honored no matter what. In times like these, we might just need to get our creativity back quickly. Thankfully, Shut Up And Write by Natasha Khullar Relph can teach you to do just that. With over 15 years of writing experience, Relph offers practical strategies that allow readers to embark on both the projects they have always wanted to try and the projects they need to get done now. 

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After reading these books, there’s no doubt you will begin to feel more creative and innovative. If you’re now wondering what to do with this new spark of energy, click here for some ideas!

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