Here are 10 books that have shaped who I am today: 1. Guantanamo Diary…
If you ever feel lost, these authors will help you find your way and remind you that you’re not alone in your struggles.
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book is the literary equivalent of being swaddled in a cloth and sung a lullaby that goes, “You’re a special artist. Everything is OK.”
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Learn to fight resistance and express your creativity.
- Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. You might think you have the right mindset to grow as an artist, but this book might just call you out, as it did to me.
- Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. A guide to making art for those of us who are not geniuses.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. This gorgeous book on productivity and living as a writer encourages you to face the page and get work done.
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. This book includes thirty- two exercises for turning creativity into a daily habit.
- Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Advice on engaging fully with an authentic artist’s life.
- Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch. The filmmaker talks about tapping into creativity through meditation.
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. A spiritual guide to ignoring your ego and enjoying your work in the moment.
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Learn to be brave, accept who you are, and put your real self into your work.