Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
Publisher: Workman Publishing
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
The 30-Day Creativity Challenge: 30 Days to a Seriously More Creative You (The Song Foundry 30-Day Challenges) by Ed Bell
Publisher: Song Foundry, The
Creativity isn't just for artists. It's for entrepreneurs who want to think differently, it's for employees who want to make a great impression, it's for people who want to be better at relationships, and it's for anyone who wants to live a more interesting, more rewarding life.And here's the good news: creativity is a skill you learn, not a talent you have.It's not a skill you learn from reading books or watching TED talks on YouTube. And it's not a skill you learn by following step-by-step programs. It's a skill you develop by practicing it, day after day after day.Enter 'The 30-Day Creativity Challenge': a thirty-day bootcamp designed to supercharge your creativity through thirty unique 10-minute challenges.You'll be challenged to think of twenty unusual things to do with household items, you'll turn bare sketches into beautiful images, you'll reflect on your life's biggest challenges, your deeply held beliefs and the things you've never done before but should.If you're someone who's ever said "I'm just not creative" or you just like to be challenged to think outside the box, 'The 30-Day Creativity Challenge' is for you.
How honest can you be when no one is watching? Tumblr, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, texting, Snapchat, YouTube...the world has become one giant confessional. In a reversal of this trend, Burn After Writing encourages you to share nothing. With its incisive questions and thought experiments, this private journal challenges you to play a game of Truth or Dare with yourself. Push your limits, reflect on your past, present, and future, and create a secret book that's about you, and just for you. And when you're finished, toss it, hide it, or Burn After Writing.
Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese
"Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they weren't actually creative. I like to think I'm writing about it from the inside." --John Cleese Creativity is usually regarded as a mysterious, rare gift that only a few possess. John Cleese begs to differ, and in this short, immensely practical, and often very amusing guide he shows it's a skill that anyone can acquire. Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, he shares his insights into the nature of the creative process and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing. What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you've come up with something that might be worth pursuing? What do you do if you think you've hit a brick wall? Not only does he explain the way your mind works as you search for inspiration, he also shows that, regardless of the task you've set yourself, you can learn to be better at coming up with a promising idea, refining it, and knowing when you're ready to act on it. We can all be more creative. John Cleese shows us how.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
Publisher: Random House
The co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios presents a distillation of the ideas and management principles he has used to develop a the company's successful creative culture, reflecting on how Pixar's commitment to specific values has involved a daily effort. 80,000 first printing.
Give Yourself Margin: A Guide to Rediscovering and Reconnecting with Your Creative Self by Stacie Bloomfield
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
A gorgeously illustrated interactive guide to changing your mindset, rekindling creativity, and embracing imperfection. "Give yourself margin" is a sewing maxim about leaving enough excess fabric to account for potential mistakes. This book is about giving yourself the space--the mental margin--to reconnect with your creative self by trying new things and, yes, even by failing sometimes. With lush illustrations, empowering interactive prompts, and inspiring personal stories, Give Yourself Margin is the perfect gift for anyone who is looking to rediscover their spark.
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