5 Books to Ignite Your Creativity

Creativity doesn’t run out. As the writer and activist Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Creativity is a valuable skill in all aspects of life, and developing it is not exclusive to artists or writers; it’s something we can all cultivate and benefit from. If you’re looking to boost your creative abilities, we recommend five books with practical strategies to unlock your creativity and bring a more innovative approach to your daily projects and challenges.

5 books to ignite your creativity


Wreck This Journal – Keri Smith

This book by the versatile artist Keri Smith serves as a playground for your creative freedom. There’s no need for perfection here. It’s all about exploration, play and letting your potential flow. It’s a great option if you need help to start, easily get stuck or if you’re one of those people who will only try something if it’s guaranteed to turn out perfectly. In this journal, there’s no pressure to meet ideals or expectations; the focus is on connecting with your creativity without aiming for any particular standard. This journal features practical exercises on each page, with various prompts from the author, such as painting with coffee, poking holes in pages, drawing over photos you attach, and more. It teaches you not to overly romanticize the creative process and shows you the reality: a journey filled with experiments and, as the title suggests, ‘wrecking.’ And this ‘wrecking’ isn’t meant negatively; it’s all about the act of trying things out.

How to Think as an Absolute Genius – Philippe Brasseur

This fascinating book offers practical ideas to boost creativity. Drawing inspiration from 26 historical geniuses (including Einstein, Charles Chaplin and Leonardo Da Vinci), it encourages you to think as they did – to ask questions, record your ideas and explore. Inside, you’ll find engaging activities and valuable suggestions, all aimed at nurturing your creativity and critical thinking skills. What’s even more captivating is that the content and exercises are grounded in neuropsychology, providing insights into how the mechanisms of creativity work.

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Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative – Danielle Krysa

If you’re someone who thinks that creativity is a talent that has only bestowed its magic upon a lucky few and you don’t count yourself among them, then this is the book for you. What’s more, if you often grapple with a critical inner voice that tells you you’re not good enough and constantly criticizes you, you’ll find exercises here to tackle this. 

This book is built on ten principles:

  1. Everyone is creative.
  2. Excuses are the enemy.
  3. Labels belong on jars, not on people.
  4. A blank page can dazzle you.
  5. Envy is a green traffic light.
  6. Your inner critic is a jerk.
  7. No one can snatch the pencil from your hands.
  8. Geniuses emerge from failure.
  9. Creating in isolation is no fun.
  10. Blocks are meant to be trascended.

YES Progressive Acceleration In Creativity – Masaaki Hasegawa

The author, Masaaki Hasegawa, is a versatile and unconventional artist. He’s not only a former martial artist but also a creative thinker with extensive experience in business strategy and development. His book offers a framework to help you unlock your creative potential and make the most of your talent. Hasegawa provides a range of practical exercises, including meditation and Salvador Dalí’s painting technique, to enrich your inner and outer creative resources.

How to Have Creative Ideas: 62 Exercises to Develop the Mind – Edward De Bono

This book will help you boost your lateral thinking and creativity through 62 exercises. Author Edward De Bono’s method is used in educational systems in countries like the United States and Canada to equip students with tools to enhance their creativity. In this book, you’ll encounter challenges that call for creative solutions, prompts to generate new ideas based on random words and many more exercises.

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