Top 10 Artist's Creativity Books
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

2. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (2006)

AUTHOR: Twala Tharp | PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

America's most celebrated choreographers,offers thirty-two practical exercises to enhance creativity. Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves.

The Artists Way by Julia Cameron

3. The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition (2016)

AUTHOR: Julia Cameron | PUBLISHER: TarcherPerigee

The latest version of the famous The Artist's Way. Much of the original work from 25 years ago, but still relevant, although some prefer the first edition. The core of the book is the 16 week course which appears to people seeking a structured program.

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

4. Steal like and Artist (2012)

AUTHORS: Austin Kleon | PUBLISHER: Workman Publishing Company

The fundamental premise is that if you don't have a creative idea, steal someone's else. Not much a book about personal creativity, but more about artistic thievery. Some readers gravitate to the premise. Easy read in a few hours.

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World  by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

5. Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World

AUTHORS: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell | PUBLISHER:William Morrow

Art Matters is a quick read of four writings by Gaiman with illustrations by Chris Riddel. For readers of other Gaiman works, there is little new here, but to be reminded by the line: “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before” makes the effort worthwhile.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work byMason Currey editor

6. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (2013)

EDITOR: Mason Currey | PUBLISHER: Knopf

What are the routines of the worlds most creative people, both past and present. Daily Rituals presents the secrets of 200 of the most creative, from Steven King to Benjamin Franklin. Combines interesting lessons with interesting personalities. Easy read.

Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood and Beyond by Colin Eggesfield

7. Agile Artist: Life Lessons From Hollywood and Beyond (2019)

AUTHOR: Colin Eggesfield | PUBLISHER: Networlding Publishing

Creative coaching from someone who struggled in their career. Agile Artist offers lessons which the author has discovered over during his Hollywood career. It is nice to know that you are not the only one facing creative challenges.

Create:Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life by Marc Silber

8. Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People
To Unleash Your Creative Life (2019)

AUTHOR: Marc Silber | PUBLISHER: Mango

A series of interviews with the author's creative friends. Much of the discovery is that being creative is not really an exceptional quality. If me and my friends can do it, so can you. Much about personal interaction as there is creativity.

Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic by Lisa Congton

9. Find Your Artistic Voice:
The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic (2019)

AUTHOR: Lisa Congton | PUBLISHER:Chronicle Books

Advice book from a successful working artist and her friends. Good book for emerging artists to discover that there is the potential to succeed in art. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. An easy read in a few hours.

Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out by Cathy Wild

10. Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out (2016)

AUTHOR: Cathy Wild | PUBLISHER: Standing Place Press

A good book for creative souls looking for comforting psychoanalysis. Creative people frequently have a sense of non-belonging. The fundamental premise is to accept one self and one's creativity regardless of your eccentricities.

The Art Spirit

Creativity, Spirituality, and Making a Buck
by David Nichtern

The greatest challenge facing creative artists is how to use that creativity to make a successful living. There have been many books written on the subject, and most, of course, claim that creativity and financial success go hand-in-hand. There are thousands of artists, especially painters, who would dispute that claim. Nichtern's book adds a third element into the equation--spirituality.

Balancing creativity, spirituality and money is certainly a challenge, and the author provides some good arguments. Even for readers who may be skeptical of the premise may enjoy this well-written book. It includes many helpful suggestions as well as review questions at the end of the chapter.

The author is a four-time Emmy award-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated composer-guitarist-producer so he can point to his own successful experience in managing his life. Self-help writers proclaim, "If I can do it, so can you." The assumption is that everyone possesses the talent to succeed, and talent itself is a rare commodity, not shared by everyone.


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