5 Books on Creativity to Take on Vacation
December 1, 2016
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Whether it’s for beating airport boredom or chilling on the beach, there is room in every suitcase for a good book. Here are five titles for every creatives next vacation or overseas adventure.

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1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Elizabeth Gilbert)

You probably know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of Eat, Pray Love. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is her thoughtful and witty telling of the experience of living a creative life. Through short anecdotes of her creative life, Gilbert illustrates hard learnt lessons about the nature of inspiration and the fear that often prevents us from achieving our creative potential. I was particularly entertained by Gilbert’s theories on the nature of ideas and what happens when you ignore or neglect your muse. Audiobook available on iTunes

2. The War of Art (Steven Pressfield)

In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, writer Steven Pressfield discusses the fight against the ugly internal force that prevents us from heeding our call in life and in particular our creative life. He calls it out of its hiding place, slaps a name badge on it and makes it sit in the front row while he then goes on to tell us how to kill it and dance on its grave. The War of Art is available as an audiobook on iTunes

3. Daring Greatly (Brene Brown)

Brene Brown was introduced to me through her wonderful TEDTalk. If you love the Talk, you’ll adore this book! For me it is the essence behind my favourite Matisse quote “creativity takes courage.” Only this book isn’t just for “creatives,” it’s for everyone. Brown shows us how her research into shame revealed that being vulnerable is the ultimate act of courage. There is so much good stuff in Daring Greatly, you’ll read it again and again. Daring Greatly audiobook available on iTunes.

4. Steal Like an Artist (Austin Kleon)

I discovered artist Austin Kleon via his TEDxTalk of the same name as his book. Like Big Magic, Steal Like an Artist is Kleon’s perspective of creativity and the process of creating; what he describes as the “genealogy of ideas;” and most importantly the question of originality – what Picasso would describe as the difference between borrowing vs. stealing.

5. Wired to Create (Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire)

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind is a little heavier than the rest, so you many want to leave it to the end of your vacation, after some relaxation. The book dissects the personality traits of highly creative people as backed by science. It’s interesting to recognise the described qualities and habits in yourself and the creatives around you. Wired to Create is available as an audiobook on iTunes.

If you have a favourite book on creativity to add to the list, please let me know in the comments below. If you’re are more the listening type, see My Favourite Podcasts for Travel and Creativity.

Peace, love and happy reading,

Madam ZoZo

5 Books on creativity to take on vacation | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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