This month, indulge in books that invite you to participate in the pages. Nurture your creative side, grab a pencil, open your mind and let the following authors take you in a journey to discovering your creative genius.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things No One Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
Described as “a manifesto for the digital age,” Steal Like an Artist is the author’s response to what he wished someone would have told him when he was starting out as a young writer and artist: Nothing is original. Austin Kleon believes that inside of everyone is an artist waiting to be unleashed, and the notion that art can only be created out of nothing is the enemy of creativity. The pages are brimming with practical advice for building on what already exists, taking something you love and making it your own and navigating your artistic path led by the sum of your influences. This charming 6×6 book has inspired millions since its publication in 2012 and continues to hold a permanent spot on the shelves of creative professionals and aspiring artists alike.
Your Idea Starts Here: 77 Mind-Expanding Ways to Unleash Your Creativity by Carolyn Eckert
Carolyn Eckert shares her brainstorming expertise gleaned from years working as an art director and design consultant. Brimming with stimulating prompts, complete with colorful illustrations, vibrant photographs and side notes on the stories behind world-changing ideas (like the windshield wiper), Eckerd’s lively prompts beckon you down roads that will help you nourish your idea from a seedling to a thriving, fully-fledged concept ready to be created: “Make a list of things you don’t want your project to be. Say one word that relates to your idea and invite a friend to say another word that relates to yours. See where five or ten rounds takes you.”
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp
Award winning choreographer Twyla Tharp brings you what has been called a “thesis on creativity,” complete with 32 practical exercises that will help you turn creativity into a daily habit. With section-titles like, “Where’s Your Pencil?”, “Do a Verb” and “Build a Bridge to the Next Day,” the book is designed to show you how to recognize and document your observations of the world, help your brain and body work as one and how to clear your mind overnight and start fresh the next day. Tharp emphasizes the importance of actively seeking inspiration and tending to your creative tendencies. Quips from the lives of legendary creative minds, such as Mozart and Maurice Sendak, are peppered throughout the pages of the book along with Tharp’s personal experience navigating her 35-year career rife with struggles, goals and extraordinary achievements.
The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity by Carrie Bloomston
“Your creativity is like a pilot light —it’s always on, even if you aren’t using the stove.” So reads the introduction to The Little Spark. True to its title, this interactive workbook presents 30 hands-on tips and activities designed to get your creative fire roaring. Bloomston, a fabric designer trained as painter deemed a “creativity-enabler,” provides readers with a passionate and honest retelling of her creative journey so far, dispersed between prompts, project ideas, inspiring images and sound advice that will give you the nudge you need to tap into your inner artist.