In the century of information, speed and stress, your creativity may be ignored. In the old days, books were as important as laptops are today, for example. However, today we tend to search for peace and relaxation in other activities such as sports, playing video games or simply watching tv. Even music tends to disappear from our mood improvement routine.
These activities though, don’t spark our creative inspiration and therefore our imagination has to suffer. Creativity is the only thing that makes you special, different from all the rest. It can be your best weapon, so don’t let it die. To help you, we’ve put together a list of books that can spark your imagination.
This book was written by the poet and journalist Julia Cameron with the objective of helping people recover their artistic creativity. It contains different exercises and techniques that can spark your imagination by gaining more confidence in your ideas and talent.
Her best-known tip is to write in the morning. The first three “Morning pages”, as she calls them, are considered to be the most original and conscious pages you can write in that day. Another tip is the one about overthinking. Some of us tend to overthink our ideas. Julia Cameron suggests to quit this habit and write down exactly what comes to your mind.
Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life
This book comes from the award-winning musician Peter Himmelman who is also the founder of the website entitled BigMuse.com. Himmelman uses a scientific approach giving you a series of techniques and exercises that can help unlock your creative potential.
He writes about left and right brain thinking and states that it is very important to know yourself, but also encourage the reader to think like a kid again. By knowing yourself, you gain strength of purpose, but by thinking like a child again, you will get wild ideas and a sense of wonder.
Theoretically, a journal can ignite your creative inspiration, because it connects you with your inner self, but Meera Lee Patel’s book is an interactive journal. It is filled with famous quotes and colorful artwork that is meant to inspire readers. The author’s main objective in this journal is to make the readers explore themselves.
Self-exploration and self-discovery can wake the artist within you. Patel believes that all the answers are already inside you and her exercise for you is to write down three thoughts that make you smile every day. This way, you will spark your creativity and inspire yourself.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Now, this book is written by two brothers, one of them is David Kelley, the founder of the global design and innovation company IDEO, and the other one is Tom Kelley, the author of the bestselling “The art of innovation” and IDEO partner.
In this book, the Kelley brothers make use of their personal experience to show you how to use your creativity. They say that your creative potential can be used in your personal life as well as at work. Also, they encourage you to be innovative in solving problems and to acknowledge that you are creative.
Change Your Mind: 57 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Self
This is the first written book by Rod Judkins and it tells 57 habits of creative people. Judkins believes that you don’t have to be a genius to become an inspirational person. In this regard, his book teaches you how to focus and become successful.
In conclusion, nothing is more valuable than your imagination. Don’t ignore it and don’t forget to read from time to time. Who knows? Maybe someday, you will discover that you really are a genius.