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BOOKS TO OVERCOME CREATIVE BLOCKS



How can you deal with creative block? Check out our selection of books to find inspiration again!

30th March 2022 | Image Curators Advisory
Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa.
True ally to artists and all creatives, this book features interviews with 50 artists. Apart from useful advice on motivation, tackling self-doubt and finding new ideas, it offers a peek into each artist's creative process step-by-step, complete with results.

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

After his speech at Broom Community College in upstate New York, Kleon compiled a list of useful information he wished he knew as a young artist. This became an illustrated guide, with interactive exercises and call-to-actions, to spark creativity in artists (or aspiring artists).

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

A workbook for the philosophical. Here, Cameron gives insights into the artist's process, according to her personal experience as a creative. Following her 12-week program of interactive exercises, and committing to the Artist Way, the author promises to revive your "inner artist".
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Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, Illustrations Chris Riddell. £7.40

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, Illustrations by Chris Riddell

This little book/manifesto is a collection of 4 essays on the importance of art, regardless of medium. Art Matters will boost your motivation whenever you need it the most. Gaiman asserts, "The world will always seem brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before". Your imagination can change the world, don't discard it!
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Just Kids by Patti Smith £8.19 (paperback)
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Get inspired by other artists' stories! This autobiography by the brilliant Patti Smith follows her adventures with the artist, and former lover, Robert Mapplethorpe in the late 1960s - 1970s in Brooklyn, NY. It is an honest and beautiful portrait of young artists and their commitment to art-making. This captivating read highlights the importance of being ambitious, but on your own terms, staying true to your nature and your ideals.
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How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
Sometimes the best thing you can do to overcome a creative block is to embrace it! In her book, Odell explores the idea of opposing toxic productivity and hustle culture. By reclaiming inactivity and boredom, you can shift your attention to what is really important to you and open your life (and work) to a new realm of possibility.
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