10 Books Creative People Should Read

Pick these up to expand your mind

1. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
21 Sep 2016

1. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

Originally published in 1918, The Elements of Style is a timeless read, focusing on ways to improve writing skills with the rule to “make every word count”.

2. Just Kids by Patti Smith
21 Sep 2016

2. Just Kids by Patti Smith

In her autobiography, American artist Patti Smith opens up about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and their shared passion of art.

3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
21 Sep 2016

3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The official biography and look into the life of one world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

4. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
21 Sep 2016

4. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon teaches, you don't need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. 

5. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
21 Sep 2016

5. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp believes creativity is available to anyone prepared to put in the effort to achieve it. She lists her practical exercises to get through a creative rut and more importantly, how to begin.

6. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
21 Sep 2016

6. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

161 creative people describe their daily rituals which allow them to get their work done, whether it be taking a break to eat doughnuts or writing three thousand words every morning before work.

7. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon Mackenzie
21 Sep 2016

7. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon Mackenzie

A book based around keeping creativity alive in businesses, the perfect read for any manager wanting to shake things up a bit, or any professional wanting to explore creative options at their workplace. 

8. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
21 Sep 2016

8. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Stephen King’s famous memoir is an essential read for any writers. One of the world’s biggest best-selling authors reveals the basic tools every writer should have, his personal views of the writer’s craft and how he first began. 

9. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
21 Sep 2016

9. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

In his first book, Hugh MacLeod teaches us that the idea doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be yours.

10. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David M. and Tom Kelley
21 Sep 2016

10. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David M. and Tom Kelley

Two of the world’s leading experts in design and innovation have made it their mission to show us that everyone is creative, and to teach us how to unleash it. 

The term ‘creative’ often brings to mind a painter, musician or entrepreneur, but being creative can be anything from trying a new recipe at home, to offering a new idea in a work meeting—if you don’t believe us, take it from any of the 10 authors above.

Whether you’re stuck in a creative rut, unsure where to begin, or just after a little self-improvement, there’s something for everyone. Get your pen and paper ready — click through the gallery above to see our book suggestions now! 

This story was first published on ELLE.com.au

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