A Creative Life

wiredtocreateHave you ever thought about how your creative process helps you to take an idea from your mind and make it a reality? No matter what type of art form in which you like to indulge, the library has just the thing to get your artistic juices flowing. Try one of these books the next time you’re looking for some creative inspiration:

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire – Reveals what science says about creativity, highlights insights from well-known artists and visionaries, and offers steps and exercises to help enhance one’s own creativity.

Creativity: The Perfect Crime by Philippe Petit – Revealing new and unconventional ways of going about the artistic endeavor, a master of the impossible, known for his epic 1974 walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, shares strategies and insights for tackling the challenges and possibilities of everyday life.

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer – An examination of the new science of creativity explains how it involves distinct thought processes that can be tapped by anyone, revealing the practices of successful companies and creative individuals while considering how to use scientific principles to increase creativity.

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom & David Kelley – The founder of IDEO and his brother relate strategies for tapping innate creative abilities, sharing stories from their work with forefront companies to outline principles for fostering innovation and problem solving.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – Shares the author’s wisdom and thoughts on creativity, offering insight into inspiration and discussing the attitudes, approaches, and habits needed to live a creative life.

Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire by Bruce Nussbaum – Explores how people and organizations are learning to be more creative in work and life, and reveals how to boost creative capacity, build creative confidence, and connect creativity with capitalism in a new form.

The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis – Looks at creativity and mastery in the arts, science, and business, as well as the sometimes surprising ways that they are achieved through serendipity, failure, simple determination, and hard work.

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