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3 Books to Boost Creativity

3 Books to Boost Creativity || The Weaving LoomLast week I talked about finding your own artistic style, but I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they feel they have trouble being creative. The thing that most people don’t realize about being creative is it isn’t a magical talent that only a few people have, it’s actually a skill that you can work on. Just like when you were younger you had to learn how to read, creativity is the same.  The more you practice being creative, the better you get. I’ve rounded up a few books that I have found have helped me with my own creativity and I wanted to share them with you too.

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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

As we all know, life gets really busy. The thing I loved most about this book was, it helps you establish a morning ritual that lets you connect with yourself and your thoughts before you get wrapped up in the day-to-day. Infact, I thought this ritual was so valuable that I’d recommend it for everyone, even those who don’t want to create art. Besides the ritual, it has a lot of encouraging and thought provoking ideas that I felt were really helpful in finding out who I am as an artist. I really recommend this book, and if you want to take it a step further, there is also a starter kit pack, that includes the book and a morning pages journal to write in. I actually got this starter kit pack for Christmas and was very excited to start using it!

The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children by Julia Cameron

I couldn’t mention The Artist’s Way and not also mention The Artist’s Way for Parents, however, I’m technically not including this book in my list since they are so similar. This is how I actually found the book in the first place. I was interesting in learning about ways to help my boys be more creative in life and I came across this book. As you may have already guessed I really liked it, so I’ve added it for any other parents out there who might also like to read this.  This book covers a lot of the same ideas in the first book so you could just read this one and find inspiration for making your life and your children’s lives more creative.

 


The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

This book gives really great real life examples of people who have found their passion in life, and how it has changed them for the better. I thought it was very inspirational and really exciting. I really love to hear how people come across something that they instantly click with and it’s also a good reminder that everyone starts somewhere and there are great things waiting for all of us if we are looking.

 


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I have mentioned this book before, but that is because I loved it! This book tackles fear and how it effects our creativity along with taking you through the creative process. My favorite part, was the disscussion on how ignoring your creative side leads to a life that is not quite full. I really related to this, because not until more recent years did I make time for being creative and I have honestly felt the benefit of it. And if you’re into audiobooks, like I am since they allow me to multi-task, then you’ll really enjoy listening to the author read her own book. She has a great reading voice that is very engaging. But if you’re going this route, get it from the library or through a free Audible trial (you know so you have more to spend on yarn )

Now it’s your turn, what books have you read that really opened your eyes creatively? You know I’m always looking for good books!

Happy Weaving!

Kate

 

 

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5 Comments

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    Sona Nast
    January 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve read parts of The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, the choreographer. The book is well written and applies to all types of creative pursuits.

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      Elizabeth Rosemond
      January 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      I read The Creative Habit years and years ago – I might need to read it again, as I’m now way more creative than I was when I first read it 🙂

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      Kate
      January 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Sona, that sounds like a good book. I’ll have to check it out 🙂

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    Elizabeth Rosemond
    January 26, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve had Big Magic sitting on my nightstand for months! I just need to find the time to crack it open.

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      Kate
      January 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      I know, there are too many books and not enough time!

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