You and I were born with creative instincts. Creativity - or using original, unique ideas - is in our genetic makeup; it’s not something that has to be learned. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t intensify your creativity through experimenting and learning. As Arthur Koestler once said: “Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”
In order to learn about - and expand your knowledge of - creativity, you need quality learning resources. What better resources are there for creative learning than books?
Fortunately for you, I have taken the liberty of finding some of the best books in existence to help you boost your creativity; so you don’t have to waste your time looking for helpful creative books. Each one of the books listed here is highly recommended by me, and each book is extremely helpful for anyone searching for ways to boost their creativity. Not only that, but each book should be affordable.
Cracking Creativity by Michael Michalko.
Michael Michalko provides a colossal list of techniques for creative insight in his book, “Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius”. Although “Cracking Creativity” was originally intended for creative business professionals, the techniques and knowledge Michalko provides is extremely beneficial to all creative people. By evaluating creative geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Charles Darwin, and even Thomas Edison, “Cracking Creativity” simply describes what it takes to become a true creative genius, and ways to fuel your creativity through professional techniques.
It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden.
The world’s best selling book, or so claims author Paul Arden, “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be” is not necessarily a book, but more of a bible for creative thinking. Whether you need creative inspiration, or just some motivation for your day, Arden focuses on creative insights that nobody should ever forget. This book is highly recommended for everyone, and because it’s so affordable and small, there’s no reason not to pick up a copy.
The Creativity Book by Eric Maisel.
“America’s leading expert on the psychological side of creativity”, Eric Maisel provides an entire year of creative lessons in his book “The Creativity Book”. The best part of Maisel’s book is that you don’t need to be in the creative industry to use the creative plans. Maisel knows that creativity makes everything better, and he wants you to know that you can incorporate creativity into everything - he even helps you do it with this book. Don’t hesitate, start planning your next creative project with the help of The Creativity Book.
Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie.
If you only pick up one book to boost your creativity this year, make it “Orbiting the Giant Hairball”. In his self-perspective book, MacKenzie explains how the corporate world often turns creativity into a giant mess of ideas and techniques. MacKenzie also explains how to avoid such “hairballs” by recounting his thirty-year career as “creative paradox” at Hallmark Cards. That’s right, MacKenzie created his own position within Hallmark Cards by avoiding the “giant hairball”. Inspiring, funny, and extremely informative, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” is a creative outlook at creativity in the real world.