Can you recommend great books on creativity that have inspired you greatly in your work?
I am looking for books that have been extremely helpful in getting you out of a creative rut and back into making things again. I am partial to books about writing (and the writing life), ideas for new creative projects, journaling, design.
I am also interested in reading about other creative people's work process and thoughts: what it means to be creative/a writer/an artist, art vs. commerce, how to deal with the realities of having a creative life vs. other practicalities that you have deal with, etc.
Some books I have that I enjoyed and keep coming back to:
- Portfolio of Inspirations
- How to Make A Journal of Your Life by Dan Price
- 52 Projects by Jeffrey Yamaguchi
- Living Out Loud by Keri Smith
- Daybook by Anne Truitt
- Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood
- Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister
- Dialogue by Shaun Cole
I know I could just browse Amazon, but the thing is, there are too many choices and I get overwhelmed. Some books are marketed better than others but they turn out to be crap. There are some suggestions here
but I'm looking for something more.
Snowflake detail: my current situation does not give allowance for too much creativity and I find that it sucks out a little of my soul every day. I'm hoping to find comfort in these books, aside from getting inspiration, so reading about artist/writer struggles and how they dealt with it would be a big help, too. Nothing too spiritual or religious, please (I struggled when I read Julia Cameron's The Artist Way
), and thanks.