Resources for Creatives

Here you’ll find books, videos and links that I’ve found interesting and useful in my travels. You’ll notice a few “self-help” style items here as well as I’m a big believer in the notion that creativity is best cultivated within a confident and positive state of mind. I’m always on the lookout for good resources so, if you know of other good ones, please feel free to drop me an email.

Recommended Reading

  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
    A guide to working positively and productively with your creative muse.

  • Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
    Probably one of the greatest kick-in-the-pants books for creatives ever written.

  • The Element
    Robinson, best known for his TEDtalk on how education is killing creativity, explores what happens when our creativity and our passion meets and we are in our element.

  • The War of Art
    Pressfield contends that the fight against our inner creative resistance is ongoing and it is only through recognizing our enemy that we have a chance to defeat it.

  • Talent is Overrated
    Makes the case that what we typically call ‘talent’ is just focused practice and a lot of hard work—meaning that it’s achievable by everyone

  • The Artist’s Way
    A step-by-step 12 week course on igniting or re-igniting your creativity

  • The Right Questions
    Puts forth the idea that it is only by being completely honest with ourselves can we see the choices that have brought us to where we are now

  • Finding Your Own North Star
    The more accessible of Beck’s books on vision and goal setting. If you’ve never done this kind of work before, I’d start here.

  • Steering by Starlight
    More in-depth than Finding Your Own North Star, I personally prefer this book on vision and goal setting but recognize that it may require readers to have more of an open-mind.

  • The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul
    Zeroing in on your ‘core desired feelings’ can go a long way to super-charging your creativity—and your whole life.

Recommended Viewing

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius