So with that in mind I would like to share my top 5 books for helping get your creativity back on track. These have been a Goddess send to me and not only help with artistry, but also I think with making me a happier more grounded and more spiritual person. You don't have to consider yourself an artist either to get something out of these books. We are all creative after all.
1. "Art and Soul Reloaded" by Pam Grout
Okay, I just bought this book as it came out recently. So far I've found it to be a fun inspiring book to help one get their creative mojo back. It's a 52 week apprenticeship course, with a weekly reading and exercise to do. She also gives you lots of uplifting quotes and stories of famous writers/artists/actors etc. Who were told they sucked but persisted anyway, to inspire you on your journey. Examples of exercises include writing a rap song, make a costume, and think of 10 businesses you could start from home.
2. "How to be an Artist" by JoAnneh Nagler
This aptly titled book is about the nuts and bolts of the day to day. It includes advice on managing your priorities, your time and even your cash. It's a straightforward book that motivates while also giving it to you straight. I especially love that it's geared towards those of us that also have to work a regular job and have other responsibilities like family. (Hint - that's most artists).
3. "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield
If you are looking for someone to kick your creative ass, this book is it. It's all about overcoming resistance and just doing the work. It helps you to see where you are sabotaging yourself and how you can overcome. It's about showing up everyday to your craft and invoking the muse. This one is must have on the artist's bookshelf.
4. "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Another inspirational goodie, writer Elizabeth Gilbert of "Eat,Pray,Love" fame uses humour and personal stories to help you think about your creativity differently. She advises seeing your craft as a life long vocation and not demanding that you must make money from it. If you do great, but don't put that pressure on yourself. The book is divided into lots of bite size smaller chapters that make it an easy read.
5. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron
I have to include this classic that changed my life back when I was a floundering depressed 20 year old with a lot of creative energy to burn and little sense of direction. I credit it with helping me to get off my ass and join a band, and go to art school. Designed as a 12 week course with exercises and readings, she also gets you to journal and treat yourself to Artist dates. All of her books are great for re-setting yourself creatively, though I think this one, her first, is the best.
As usual I will end the post with a song. If you're feeling off track and like you've been wasting time, this ones for you.