To start this page of Unwind & Create, I’ve chosen to share some great books that I’ve discovered to go through the pass of creativity. These readings are likely to help you to go further in your creative processes as well as to improve your confidence.
1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic is a lovely book written by the author of the Best seller: Eat, Pray, Love. As I’m not a big fan of the film (I’ve never read the book), I hesitated quite a lot before buying it. Then, the beautiful hardcover as well as the great critics about the book helped in my decision to finally get it. It has been a great discovery and I would say that the inside is as magic as the outside. It is a realistic talk that brings you confidence, hope and excitement about following your creative dreams.
2. How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity by Fiona Humberstone
This one is quite different from the first one because it does not directly deal with the creative process but talks about how to build a strong brand identity. In her book, Fiona Humberstone helps you in various aspects of branding such as brand styling basics, planning, create a unique vision or create a logo. She also handles color psychology which is my favorite part of the book. Cherry on the cake, the book by itself is really beautiful. I absolutely loved this book and I look forward to read her latest one (Band Brillance, on my wishing list on Amazon ;)).
3. Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon
In his book, Austin Kleon deals with creatives’ issues and teaches you “10 things nobody told you about being creative”. The main focus is about the concept of originality on which artists or creatives have to deal with. The fear of stealing or copying others’ work could lead to many difficulties. Austin has succeeded to demonstrate the misunderstood around this concept to help readers to overcome the classic artistic fear.
4. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
In her book, Sophia Amoruso with all her outspokenness tells how she becomes the executive Chairwoman of Nasty Goal from selling vintage clothes on Ebay. She explains, amongst others, how “shitty jobs, shoplifting or hitchhiking” helped her to become the founder and owner of a multi-million-dollar fashion brand. I have to admit that the book is not my favorite of the list but I’ve chosen to include it here because of its unique voice.
5. Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho from Oh Joy!
Last but not least, Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit and to Create Community handles every blogging tips that are crucial to spread your work through the web. Joy deals all different blogging aspects from technical advices, writing skills to business rules. This book is full of useful information and absolutely worth reading if you consider blogging. I’ve particularly appreciated the pragmatic advices such as how to realize a media kit or the ABCs of SEO.