Refinery 29’s 16 Books That’ll Amp Up Your Creativity is a little misleading. Though the anecdotes and motivational research are sure to inspire something, I’m not sure these are the DIY, knock out a banger, crash course to creativity guides the headline suggests. However, as a general list, there are a few worth mentioning.
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We know, at this point, you’re remembering the Friends episode where Phoebe, Rachel, and Monica pass around the book about their inner goddess. Remember how taken they are? Well, this is the real-life version. Jean Bolen uses seven archetypal goddesses as markers for personality types. Are you an Artemis? An Athena? Once you identify your inner goddess, you can better take charge of your own life. Get ready for a serious ego boost, because the comparison of your fifth-floor-walkup, ramen-noodle-for-dinner life to that of a goddess never gets old.
Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archtypes in Women’s Lives, Jean Shinoda Bolen, $11.15, available at Barnes & Noble.
Stephen King has earned himself a serious reputation as a writer — both within the publishing industry and among a global audience. So, he’s got a thing or two he could teach us about the craft. But, he’s also totally aware of how writing about writing is too meta. As he notes, “Most books about writing are filled with bullshit.” We’re in love with the way King mixes lessons with stories from his own life. So, even if you don’t fancy yourself a writer, you’ll be enthralled by the memoir aspect of it all. Plus, it may just be the only King book that won’t have you sleeping with the lights on.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, $12.89, available at Barnes & Noble.
We once heard Lena Dunham speak to a crowd of New Yorkers about the ever-increasing price of rent. She voiced her concern about New York no longer being a haven for artists. The young, creative minds who come to the city for inspiration are met with a wall of credit checks and hefty living expenses. And, as Dunham says, “If they struggle for too long, they’re leaving New York for Seattle, Chicago, Austin, and in some cases, even Tampa. We can’t have our generation’s Patti Smith moving to Tampa. That’s going to seriously f*ck our shit up.” If you, as an artist, crave the inspiration you once felt upon moving to New York — or, if you’re an out-of-towner that simply needs to be reminded of the NYC that once was — pick up Patti Smith’s memoir. It’s bound to rekindle the flame of your creativity.
Just Kids, Patti Smith, $12.42, available at Barnes & Noble.
Daniel Pink has a radical notion: He looks to the world of creative types — artists, inventors, and other right-brain operators — and says, “The world is ours.” It’s a difficult concept to agree with, since creatives are constantly made to feel as though they’ll never receive the necessary salary or accolades to feel successful. Pink explains that “We are moving away from an economy and a society built on the logical, linear, computerlike capabilities of the Information Age to an economy and a society built on the inventive, empathetic, big-picture capabilities of what’s rising in its place, the Conceptual Age.” And, your parents said you’d never get anywhere with that English/art history/painting degree.
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Daniel H. Pink, $10.58, available at Barnes & Noble.
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