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Spark Your Imagination: 6 Must-Read Books for Creatives

Creativity is one of the most incredible human experiences we have. It's in our nature and is what sets us apart from all other living things. The creative journey can be a wild ride of ups and downs and I have found that reading books has been an amazing way for me to continue to feel inspired and while fueling my creativity. Whether you're an artist, writer, designer, or any other type of creative, these books are my top picks that are sure to inspire you and help you harness your creativity and refine your skillset!

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  1. "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield This book is a must-read for any creative struggling with self-doubt and procrastination. Pressfield's no-nonsense approach to creativity is both inspiring and practical, providing readers with tools and strategies for overcoming creative roadblocks.

  2. "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert In "Big Magic," Gilbert explores the nature of creativity and how to cultivate a life filled with creativity and inspiration. This book is a wonderful reminder that creativity is not a magical gift reserved for a select few, but something that we can all access and develop.

  3. "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp As a world-renowned choreographer, Tharp knows a thing or two about cultivating creativity. In "The Creative Habit," she shares her insights and strategies for developing a consistent creative practice that can sustain you through the highs and lows of your creative journey.

  4. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron This classic book has helped countless artists and writers tap into their creative potential. Cameron's 12-week program provides a roadmap for developing a consistent creative practice, overcoming creative blocks, and living a more fulfilling life.

  5. "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon Kleon's book is a refreshing take on creativity, encouraging readers to embrace their influences and borrow from others in order to create something new. Filled with practical tips and exercises, "Steal Like an Artist" is a fun and inspiring read for anyone looking to unleash their creativity.

  6. "Show Your Work!" by Austin Kleon In this follow-up to "Steal Like an Artist," Kleon explores the importance of sharing your creative work with the world. He provides practical advice for building an audience, promoting your work, and developing a creative community.

I hope this list of creative reading recommendations help inspire and motivate you to continue making creative magic and pursue your dreams! Happy reading!

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