This post was originally posted on themoversandmakers.com.
As a creative entrepreneur, there are some days when you just need an extra boost of motivation or a healthy dose of inspiration to keep you on track. Whenever I feel like I need some guidance, I turn to blog posts, fellow creatives, and yep, you guessed it, books.
Taking your passion to the next level and navigating the world of entrepreneurship can be a not-so-simple path to figure out, but that’s where a good book comes in handy. These authors understand that the life of a creative is not always as simple or as freeing as we’d like it to be. It takes a lot of hard work, discipline, patience, and understanding that creative ideas come in waves and the life of a creative entrepreneur has its ups and downs.
I’ve found these reads especially helpful and think they’re sure to give you the creative boost you need to help your work or creative business thrive.
I’ll be honest -- I actually never finished reading Eat, Pray, Love (I’ve seen the movie though, does that count?), but Elizabeth Gilbert is still a favorite author of mine because of her anecdotal, inspiring book, Big Magic. In this book, she is open and honest about her creative journey that includes pursuing writing as a career, inspiration coming and going, facing rejection, and ultimately publishing best-selling books. But no matter what kinds of challenges she faced, she accepted that while the creative process may have its ups and downs, it’s no less magical at the end of the day.
Her transparency, sound advice, and thoughtful insights into the creative mind are what made this book such a hit. “Creative living is stranger than other, more worldly pursuits. The usual rules do not apply.”
Steal Like an Artist
In this short and easy read, Austin Kleon describes 10 principles of being creative and how they each can help you improve your creative, artistic life. A couple of my favorite are, ‘Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started’ and ‘Be nice. (The world is a small town.)’ This is one of those books you’ll want to keep at your workspace and reference every now and then to refresh yourself with some simple but true sentiments on creativity and artistic work. Plus, it has fun graphics to keep you visually entertained. A win-win! Bonus: Austin Kleon’s second book, Show Your Work should be next on your list if you’re looking for guidance on taking your creativity to the next level and getting your work discovered.
The Creative Habit
Any creative person knows that the most creative moments or ideas can’t be forced. Many of us don’t have our creative juices flowing on a regular schedule, but this book is here to tell you that maybe a schedule is exactly what your creativity needs. In The Creative Habit, author and renowned dancer, Twyla Tharp explains why simply doing the work and preparing yourself for creative moments to come to you can boost your creativity more than you’d think. Discipline is a major characteristic of a dancer, and any creative entrepreneur can channel that discipline into their own work by staying consistent, working hard, and ultimately seeing results.