Suggested Reading List

This is obviously only a partial list. More and more books have been written on this topic in recent years. In addition to books specifically about creativity, I also suggest reading biographies of high-achieving people in your field and, particularly, in other fields of endeavor.

A Whack on the Side of the Head and A Kick in the Seat of the Pants by Roger Von Oech. This guy has done a better job of packaging "creative understanding" for general consumption than anyone in this country in our time.

A Creative Companion and Inspiration Sandwich by Sark. A couple of delightful little books with more gems of thoughts than words (figure that out).

The Creative Spirit by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman, and Michael Ray. This is the companion piece to a PBS series on creativity. Quick, light reading. And like all of these, chock-full of wisdom on the subject.

A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. A one-hour read, this little book provides a useful, easy, effective technique for producing ideas.

Most any book by Edward duBono, although Lateral Thinking is the only one I've been able to make real sense of so far. Then again, I can often be pretty thick.

The Secret Language of the Mind by David Cohen. This is a wonderfully designed book about many aspects of the mind: memory, dreams, vision, and more. The explanations are as much visual as verbal.

The Act of Creation, 750 mind-numbing pages, by Arthur Koestler. Long, yes, but long on lessons, too.

The Art of Creativity by Wilfred Petterson. A wonderful book that offers a chapter per spread on different aspects of creativity, by a guy who really makes this crazy stuff seem simple.

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. The most Dale Carnegie-esque of the lot. But full of useful tidbits.

How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker. This MIT professor tackles an enormous topic and makes it fairly understandable to the average reader.

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