This Creative Jumpstart is all about books, I want to focus not actually on creating something. But reading instead.
Reading for me is a daily habit. Not only do you learn much from reading, but you will find tons of inspiration too.
Who doesn’t like a good yarn, right?
So for this jumpstart, here’s a list of 5 books to inspire you and spark some creativity.
Disclaimer: While I use a Kindle, I’m a huge fan of and prefer to actually hold a book. So, I encourage you to pick up a physical copy of the books below. I provide links so you can purchase these from Amazon below. If you do, I will get a small commission. But don’t forget about your local library!
A quick note, much of what I read comes from business books. After all, the creative business is a business. I also read a ton of history books because I believe we can and should learn from the past. Why start over? Don’t limit yourself to just inspirational works or fiction.
Books To Inspire You
I can’t say enough about Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Big Magic. If you haven’t picked this one up, it’s a must-read for any creative.
Her words inspire you and make you realize that feeling you have inside of just doing and making are real and there for a reason. After all, it’s magic.
My dad gave me this one and at first, I was hesitant. My love of space was limited to good sci-fi. Not the real thing.
The epic story of courage, sheer ambition, and effort of the true story to put a man on the moon is not only inspiring but speaks to the best of humanity. If you learn nothing but one lesson from this read, it’s determination and effort will always lead to success.
Yes, a children’s book. My son loved this one and so do I. As we get older we forget the simpler things in life and we get caught up in our daily lives. And for some reason, too many of us suffer from self-inflicted misery.
I learned to stop with the pouting and realize, life isn’t that bad. Not only did I get a smile out of this one, I had yet another excuse to bring my son into my creative lifestyle. That’s a win in my book.
Life Is Not An Accident by Jay Williams is a true story of success, self-destruction, and rising-up once again. Much respect to Mr. Williams for sharing his story and a truly inspirational read.
Filling life with more creativity isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I think you just need to stop looking and start reading. Don’t force creativity. You can’t. Creative inspiration really does just happen.
But we can learn from the journey’s of others and their struggles. We can realize what the true meaning of our creativity is and maybe gain just a little insight into the purpose of our lives.
Now get reading and be creative!
What books inspire you?