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The Best Creativity Books Ever: Creativity + Writing

If you have ever heard me speak, you have probably heard me refer to the years I spent in coffee houses in Chicago reading about being a writer before I was ready to dare to become one.

This is always the danger inherent in a world with so many well-written books about the writing life.

Do you want a writing life or do you simply want to read about the writing lives of others? Today, you have ample opportunity to do both.

Of course, you know me, I am going to encourage you to have your own writing life. But I don’t think it will do you any harm to read these gems. In fact, I am sure that they will inspire you in  all the ways that only they can. Why not keep them on your shelves at the ready for a rainy day?

These are some of my favorites. What are yours?

Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg LINK

The Right To Write by Julia Cameron LINK

Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott LINK

If You Want To Write by Brenda Euland LINK

Writer Mama by Christina Katz

The Writer’s Workout by Christina Katz LINK

Pen On Fire by Barbara DeMarco Barrett LINK

Writing Past Dark by Bonnie Friedman LINK

Writing To Change The World by Mary Pipher LINK

View the entire list of best creativity books.

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  • Belle Wong April 17, 2013, 8:22 am

    Great list! I’ve also been inspired by Stephen King’s On Writing and David Morrell’s Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing.

  • christinakatz April 23, 2013, 8:40 am

    Thanks, Belle! 🙂