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I love to read. And I like to make notes of what I read. So here are some books on creativity along with some tidbits of my notes & quotes from those books. Enjoy!

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – A course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence by Betty Edwards
  • Thinkertoys – a Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko
  • The Creative Habit – Learn it and use it for Life by Twyla Tharp
  • Your Creative Brain – Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity and Innovation in Your Life by Shelley Carson, PhD
  • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci – Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb
  • Imagine – How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
  • How to Fly a Horse – The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery By Kevin Ashton
    • …how many of us are creative? The answer, hidden in plain sight, is all of us. This is one reason the creativity myth is so terribly wrong. Creating is not rare. We are all born to do it. If it seems magical, it is because it is innate. If it seems like some of us are better at it than others, that is because it is part of being human, like talking or walking. We are not all equally creative, just as we are not all equally gifted orators or athletes. But we can all create.
    • Creating is to humans as flying is to birds. It is our nature, our spirit. Our purpose as a people and as individuals is to leave a legacy of new and improved art, science, and technology for future generations
  • Accidental Genius – Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content By Mark Levy  
    • Build an Inventory of Thoughts – In the past few years, I’ve made it a habit to write regularly. Some of the things I write find their way into books, posts, and articles immediately. But as you can imagine, much of my writing is done to clarify my thinking. Private writing. It’s not meant for publication, at least not right away. Instead of deleting this exploratory writing, though, I use it as fuel for future public writing. Here’s how: The first thing I do is read over my freewriting and see if there’s anything I want to save. I’m looking for ideas, observations, stories, and hypotheses. For want of a better phrase, I call each one of these a thought chunk. When I find a promising chunk, I cut it out of the freewriting document and drop it into a separate document that holds similarly themed chunks. … I’m stockpiling ideas, stories, and prose before I need them.
  • Start – Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff
    • “if you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t,” asserts Steven Pressfield, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself; you hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet. Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.
  • The Creativity Cure – How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands – by Carrie Barron, MD & Alton Barron, MD
  • The War of Art – Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – by Steven Pressfield
  • The Art of Possiblity – Transforming Professional and Personal Life – by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
  • The Little Book of Talent 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills – by Daniel Coyle
  • Unique Ability Creating the Life You Want – by Catherine Nomura & Julia Waller


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