Some of my favourite types of books about creativity are the ones which help foster the creative spirit. Books like Danny Gregory’s “The Creative License” for example. I’ve noticed that the life of a creative, especially a freelance one, can be quite a lonely and unforgiving one. With a work day in which one is locked away from the rest of the world, in which it is all too easy to become distracted by other things in life. It’s good to get advise about how to get into the creative mindset. Almost into a spiritual mindset about creating.
Manage Your Day-to-Day is written by a group of creatives who share their insights into a variety of modern problems which may beset you in your creative path.
Chapters are written by a variety of creative alumni; Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister, Tony Schwartz, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Linda Stone, Steven Pressfield and others.
Each of these ‘Chapters’ is broken into five ‘sub-chapters’ written by a range of different creatives covering different elements of
– Building a rock solid routine – How to develop a structure to your working practice and how to build that into a regular rhythm. and driving with a purpose.
– Finding focus in a distracted world – How to focus your attention on work that matters, rather than being distracted by work that doesn’t really matter.
– Taming your tools – Taking control of new technologies, so that ease workflow and increase your well-being.
– Sharpening your creative mind – How to push through creative blocks and keep moments of creative spark … er … sparking.
– Coda: A call to action – On taking things to the next level; how pro are you willing to go?
Some books have so few ideas in them, maybe one or two good ideas. But this one bristles with ideas on every page. Fantastic, practical ideas for your creative life, written by those who have worked through to that next level. Who are passing on their received wisdom of the creative life.