As a blogger and all-round creative type, there is nothing I love more than writing and whipping up fresh content for my blog. However, from time to time I feel that my creative spark can become a little dim. I think this is something that most bloggers experience now and again. Whenever this happens, one of my favourite ways to refuel my creative juice is to take some time out and have a good read. Throughout my time as a blogger, I have read my fair share of books on digital media and the creative process- most of which have left me feeling ultra inspired and ready to push my blogging boundaries. Today I thought I would share a little round-up of my top five inspiring reads for bloggers and creatives.
The Art of Creative Thinking – Rod Judkins
As a creative type, I am forever intrigued by the creative processes of other people and love reading about how they stay inspired. Within this text, Judkins has analysed some of the world’s most successful creative thinkers from Albert Einstein to Andy Warhol. The result? A creative bible filled with nuggets information and top tips on mixing up your creative process. The book also contains heaps of motivational quotes which will see you through even the worst creative drought. In true form the book is not meant to be read in a linear way, it is instead designed in such a way that the reader can open at any page to receive a creative boost. This is a great read for anyone who would like to improve their ability to think outside of the box and switch up their perspective.
Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso
Although some may class this is a very cliche “blogger book”, I feel that it has more than deserved its rein to popularity. If you haven’t heard of Miss Amoruso, Sophia turned her passion for fashion into a hobby, selling vintage clothing on eBay under the screen name “Nasty Gal”. Six years later she became the CEO of a $100 million-plus business with her company being named the fastest growing retailer in 2012 – pretty impressive right? From sound advice on magical thinking to tips on finding your own path, this read leaves me feeling more and more inspired each time I read. Again, this text is full of fabulous quotes from some of the world’s most successful creatives and business people. My personal favourite? “Life Isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” – George Bernard Show.
Quick side note, I must say that I absolutely hated the Netflix depiction of this amazing read. I feel that its portrayal of Sophia Amoruso’s character was completely off – and far from the self-made boss babe that she really is. I would wholly recommend giving the book a read prior to clicking play on that Netflix button.
It’s not how Good you are, it’s how Good you want to be – Paul Arden.
In need of an instant boost of inspiration? A little motivational fairy godmother? Then look no further. This pocket read is the one for you! Written by the insanely talented Paul Arden (creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi) this handy guide really does make the “unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible”. This is a great option for creatives and bloggers on the go.
Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert.
Whenever I am asked for reading recommendations, Big Magic is always number one on my list. So what is Big Magic? I hear you say? Well, Elizabeth Gilbert defines this in the most beautiful way. In the opening chapter of her book, Gilbert explains that “The Universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place – that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one. The often surprising results of that hunt – that is Big Magic”. Upon reading this opening statement, I was completely hooked on this magically empowering read. Within the text, Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love), explores her relationship with creativity and reminds us just how easy and freeing the creative process can be. Fun fact – this book actually provided me with the creative reassurance I needed to start this very blog. Now, one year on I am currently reading it all over again in search of a dose of creative confidence for another project in the works. If you are in need of a little push to express your creativity or follow that dream of yours, Big Magic might just be the very thing for you.
Leave You Mark – Aliza Licht
This one is a more recent read for me but is equally as inspiring as the rest. Within her text, Aliza Licht (global communications executive and creator of the @DNKY PR Girl Twitter account) shares a few lessons she has learned from her experience as a highly successful fashion publicist. From advice on rocking social media to creating your own personal brand, this text has been a go-to blogging bible for me over the past few months. I would also highly recommend this read to those of you who have recently graduated and are currently working towards landing your dream career.
I hope you enjoyed this little roundup of my favourite inspiring reads for bloggers and creatives. Do you ever feel like your creative juices are running a little low? If so, I would love to hear how you overcome this!
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