Books I love and recommend

There are many great books related to creativity. Here are a few I recommend.

The Artist’s Way
Julia Cameron

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All 
Tom Kelley and David Kelley

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Steven Pressfield

Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe (How to Be the Artist You Are)
Cat Bennet

Articles of Note

Here are a few articles related to creativity that I think are noteworthy.

Many organizations are missing tremendous opportunities for success. Fast Company's 6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation is a terrific article. If you run a business or non-profit, or a unit within a larger corporation, see how these ideas can transform your people and your organization. And remember that you can add your own creative thinking to the ideas in this article to get the best results.

This recommended article is actually an NPR story about the way that Texas musician Bob Schneider started “The Song Game” with other musicians. It has helped all of them to beat procrastination, ward off self-criticism and create brilliantly. You can read the story but I recommend you also listen to the way it aired. You'll be inspired!

Paul Graham's article, How to Do What You Love, is candid and brilliant, with clear thinking about how we come to comprehend the concept as children, the traps of prestige, the impact of money, and the power of always producing. (“‘Always produce’ will discover your life’s work the way water, with the aid of gravity, finds the hole in your roof.”)  

A short article with some sound tips you may appreciate is 7 Steps You Need to Take to Be Creative at Work. A companion article is 6 Ways to Be Creative Absolutely All the Time.

This terrific New Yorker article, Where do Eureka Moments Come From?,  is about scientific inquiries into understanding insights. The investigators identified insights as being key components of creativity, and some of their conclusions are surprising. It's a fascinating read.

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
— Sylvia Plath