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Good Books for Creative People

good books for creatives

Here is a list of books, in no particular order, that I like and keep on my bookshelf for when I need inspiration, a boost, or just a kick in the pants. I’ve linked each one of these to its listing on Amazon, but I encourage you to go find these at your local bookshop instead!

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How To Unleash Your Creative Potential by America’s Master Communicator, George Lois

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be: The world’s best selling book by Paul Arden

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

Clear Seeing Place: Studio Visits by Brian Rutenberg

365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! by Noah Scalin

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland

I will update this list as I come up with other books that I find helpful. And if you have any suggestions, drop me a line! I’d love to hear what you’re reading when you need a creative boost.

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