Every budding creator should read this list.
What makes a successful creator successful?
There is no formula or secret that can help your creative career thrive. I believe it is a combination of multiple skills. There must be taste for design, writing skills, a visionary mindset and of course, a lot of courage. Each of them comes from a lot of practice and consistency though.
You can speed up the process of becoming a successful creator with theory.
Here are the books that helped my creative career:
Book #1: Show Your Work
Are you afraid to show your work?
If you are, that’s fine, it means you’re human. I was afraid too. I was, and am somewhat, a very insecure person. I didn’t have the courage to post creations online because people would judge me. One of the reasons I started writing online was to overcome this fear and gain confidence.
I never would have started writing online if I hadn’t read Austin’s book.
Trust is the most important factor.
Book #2: On Writing
What does it take to be a good writer?
Stephen King is the master when it comes to writing. His book, On Writing, is the funniest and best written book I have ever read. It’s a biography/guide on how to become a better writer. Stephen breaks down the tools, examples and secrets that will improve your writing.
As a creator, you need to formulate your message to the audience in the most articulate way, so that everyone understands what you mean.
Writing – a lifelong skill.
Book #3: Designing Everyday Things
Humans are visionary creatures.
If the client cannot understand what is required of the design from pre-existing knowledge or cannot deduce it from the knowledge in front of him, the designer is to blame.
Good design requires good communication, indicating what actions are possible, what is happening, and what is about to happen.
This book will help you communicate and guide your audience through design.
Book #4: Fly like an artist
Have you ever blamed yourself for copying others?
It’s almost impossible to create something, especially in today’s world, without drawing inspiration from others. That’s why you always do research before a project. You need to steal ideas.
All creative work builds on what came before. To stay relevant and produce quality content, you have to collect the right ideas.
“Art is theft.” – Pablo Picasso
If you want your work to be authentic, you have to steal the ideas that speak to you, the ones that matter to you.
Book 5: Steve Jobs
This biography will change your mindset.
Steve was a misunderstood genius. A very charismatic character who believed in his ideas like no other. He proved the whole world wrong. He has greatly influenced our society. Steve Jobs was a leader, an inventor, a designer, a perfectionist and a man of taste.
A biography that every creative must read. You will understand what it takes to be a creator, a successful creator
This list of books has helped my creative career flourish, I hope it helps you too!
Thanks for reading 🙂