Looking to bring out your inner artist? Or maybe you've found your inner artist but you're having trouble finding the best working conditions. Here are four great books to help you get your creative juices flowing:
1. A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink
Lose the MBA and go get yourself an MFA, as right-brainers will rule the future—or something like that, says Pink. His monumental book explains why creative thinking is critical for the workplace as we move forward in the 21st century. If money or lack of career options have been holding you back from a creative career, then A Whole New Mind is the book for you.
2. The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
"I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp" is one of the many great lines (this one from Somerset Maugham) in this excellent book. If you've found those creative juices but just need a little help motivating or taming them, then The War of Art is a must-read.
3. The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp
"Creativity is not a gift from the gods," says Tharp. "It's the product of preparation and effort, and it's within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it." Gain insight into the routines that make Tharp one of the world's greatest choreographers.
4. The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron
This timeless classic is still a must-read for anyone looking to tap into their creative side. The Artist's Way is the perfect blend of spirituality, art, and inspiration.