In the past 6 or so months my individuality has flourished. I feel more confident with who I am, and I’m getting more comfortable with artistic expression. I’ve started a novel, I’m taking up drawing, I’m interested in doing some painting, and I’m looking more into design and collage.
I never would have guessed that my life would take this direction. But other artistic mediums are like writing in that they help you to discover yourself, and with self-knowledge being the basis of wisdom, it’s exciting to me to be equipped to uncover identity-nuggets.
Moreover, my openness has soared. Every day I find myself trying to discover new music, new artists, and new ideas. Pardon the cliché, but I’m like a sponge, soaking in the richness of life. It’s quite literally wonderful.
With this openness comes an inclination to devour books on artistry. Today, I want to share the 4 books that have helped me the most.
The 4 books that have helped me most on my creative journey
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
It’s not a long, impressive list, but I think these books are really helpful. I’m excited to be on this path. I look forward to reading other books about creativity. I’m currently reading Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. And I’m looking forward to checking out Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, Lynda Barry’s Making Comics, Lisa Congdon’s Find Your Artistic Voice, and Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit.
I feel comfortable leaning into this work even though it has nothing to do with my vocation, local government management, because, as asserted in Adam Grant’s Originals, the most innovative people have creative hobbies.