Hmm… What to say about year 2020! This year was full of ups and downs but with all these finally we have reached the edge of this year and with a positive mindset ready to welcome 2021. This blog contains books on creativity that can make your 2021 great. Reading always inspire you to read about what others have achieved in their fields and even its motivates you to do your best in your field.
There are plenty of books about creativity are available on Amazon. We are picking the best 7 Books which can make your next year awesome and help you to unlock and boost your creative thought.
1. Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity – Keith Sawyer
Creativity doesn’t come from one brilliant idea; it’s a way of life. Using Sawyer’s techniques, new ideas come every day, leading you always further down the zig-zag path to greater creativity. Try theses simple techniques, one for each of Sawyer’s eight steps.
- Find the right question
- Prepare your Mind
- Be aware
- Free your mind
- Generate ideas
- Combine ideas
- Make ideas even better
- Get your ideas into the world
2. Thinking Fast and Slow- Daniel Kahneman
This is a great read for anyone who is interested in psychology and processes of thought. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman analyses two modes of thought; ‘System 1’ is fast, instinctive and emotional; ‘System 2’ is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. It examines emotional thought versus more logical thought and will literally change the way you think.
This summary will follow a similar format to Kahneman’s book and will discuss each of the five parts. Part one will examine the two different systems of thought. The second part will discuss heuristics and biases before we move onto part three and overconfidence. Part four will summarize different choices and finally, part five will discuss the concept of two selves.
3. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the obstacles Between Vision & Reality- Scott Belsky
Scott Belsky’s book ‘Making Ideas Happen’ shows that while raw ideas are easy to come by, it’s much harder to translate them into action. Many people view the success of ideas as luck, or a reflection on the idea itself, but more often than not it’s the implementation process that makes a difference. In his book, the author presents his three-step toolkit for increasing the chances of success, based on his research and analysis.
4. The Laws of Simplicity- John Maeda
John Maeda is one of the world’s top graphic designers and professor at the MIT Media Lab. In The Laws of Simplicity he lays down exactly that – ten laws of simple design that can be followed by creatives, designers, and businesses to find the right balance between simplicity and complexity in their creations.
5. Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are- Danny Gregory
Written in an engaging, encouraging voice, the book supplies project ideas that take no more than a quarter hour a day to execute. The author suggests that reader grab five, ten, or fifteen minutes in the morning to draw and that they do this every day until it become an ingrained habit.
Filled with Gregory’s encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.
6. Whatever You Think Think The Opposite- Paul Arden
This book meant for those who are always wary of taking any kind of risk in their lives, and especially in their careers. The author speaks to the readers at length about the importance of taking risks in everything, even in their career, as he believes that travelling the straight path can very well be the most dangerous thing to do.
The book provides the readers with intriguing quotes regarding this topic, from many philosophers and expert in various fields. The author has also provided photographs and anecdotes pertaining to this theme.
7. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad – Austin Kleon
There are good times and bad times when you do creative work in your personal or professional life- not to talk of weeks, months or even years. At times, you are full of inspiration, confidence, and you love what you do. However, on some other times, you feel the opposite way totally like uninspired, doubtful and disillusioned with your work.
When you’re experiencing one of these dry spells, it can get unbearable. You might see yourself hitting your head on a proverbial wall continuously. You might even get tempted to surrender your work during your darkest time. During times like this, you have to find a way to continue going – and this is what the book is about.
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