The 30-Day Writing & Publishing Project, Day 21: 6 Books on Creativity I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read {Yet}

As an insatiable reader, and especially as a creative person challenged by blocks and resistance and every other inconvenience in the bag of tricks that plague creators of every stripe, there are a few classic books on creativity and the creative process I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never read.

These are the books my creative cohorts have seemingly all read, many of them dozens of times (so they say), and long extoled the virtues of in every corner of the interwebz.

Books that every person trying to create some kind of art, whether through writing, painting, filmmaking, photography, business-building or any other creative pursuit, “should” read.

And I agree, these are books I feel like I “should” have read by now, fer cryin’ out loud.

On the plus side, they are on my list. (Yes, I have an actual list, which lives on the Notes app on my iPhone.)

So here they are, in no particular order:

:: The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

:: The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life – Twyla Tharp

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

:: Do the Work – Steven Pressfield

:: Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

And though it doesn’t end up on many of the 36,600,000 list posts on the web that turn up when you do a Google search for “Books Every Creative Should Read,” I’d also add:

:: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level – Gay Hendricks

There are many other books on creativity in addition to the ones above I want to read, and they’re on my list too, but the 6 books here are those I consider must-read classics for most artists and creatives, and the ones I simply cannot buh-lieve I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

Which books would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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