The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
By Todd Henry
This is the first book from one of my favorite authors. Todd brings a deep understanding of the creative life and the things that happen to interrupt our ability to create.
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
By Todd Henry This is the second book by Todd and a great follow up to his first.
Creative Is a Verb
By Patti Digh
This is one of my favorite books. It’s the kind you curl up with next to the fire, or bring along with you on a walk so you can settle under your favorite tree. Patti Digh is one of my creative heroes.
The Artist’s Way
By Julia Cameron
Julia Cameron hit a nerve with the publishing of this book. It spawned numerous “creative support groups” across the country and around the world. It is a master class in recovering that spark of creative potential in all of us.
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?
By Seth Godin
The time to play it safe as an artist has passed. Seth Godin is something of a creative prophet. His writing and speaking have shaped a generation of creatives. Any of his books are worth the read, but I’ve enjoyed this one in particular.
The War of Art
By Steven Pressfield
Fear. Doubt. Creative block. Whatever you call it, it’s “Resistance.” This book helps anyone break free of the things that keep us from being our best and doing what we want. It’s part of the inspiration for “beBRAVE!”
The Early to Rise Experience
By Andy Traub
This is the book that has had a monumental impact on my life in the last couple years. Because of it, I have established a personal brand, written a book, launched a website, begun a speaking career and much more. It’s worth the read.
By Andy Weir
This is on the list because it’s…AWESOME!!! Every creative needs some down time to read a frivolous novel—this is that novel. It will have you laughing hysterically and sitting on the edge of your seat at the same time! Get it!