Being “creative” can be a blessing and a curse, especially in the Philippines. Artists have to struggle twice as hard to succeed and be recognized. Most have to balance their passion with putting food on the table and paying bills.
The daily grind can be a challenge to most creative souls. Some even go as far as to doubt if this is something worth their time at all. That’s why we’re thankful these books exist.
We’ve listed down six beautiful reads to inspire you with your craft:
The premise of the book is simple– “10 things nobody told you about being creative”. You’d be surprised at what 160 doodle-filled pages can do. Steal Like an Artist sheds fresh light on the creative process, especially in the digital age where there’s literally a million people out there who might be doing the same thing as you.
I love that it is incredibly straightforward- it drops truth bombs at every turn of the page. There are insights on finding inspiration, being true to your work and how to cultivate it.
Recommended by Stefan
Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel, and it is indeed an astounding feat. Two cousin comic book creators invent The Escapist, hit title from the genre’s mid-century Golden Age. Inspired by Kavalier’s magician-like escape from Prague and the Nazi, this novel is actually about the creative process of putting your life into your work. This, the novel claims, with hard work, dedication, and self-belief, is what makes a work truly touch millions. The artistic endeavour has never been more entertainingly told than in this, Chabon’s masterpiece.
This one’s a personal favorite, featuring the honest voice of none other than The King of Horror himself, Stephen King. It’s a wonderful blend of technical writing advice as well as snippets of King’s life as a struggling author; it’s a how-to book and a memoir delightfully rolled into one. If dear Stephen can make it through odd jobs and crazy nannies, who’s to say you can’t?
Recommended by Shaira
I first read this book when I was still in university and taking gigs as a ghost writer for a magazine. This is for the writers and for those aspiring to be writers. It is a great tool to guide you in unraveling your inner creativity and reminding you about the great power of writing. Write your fears. Write your dreams. Just write!
Recommended by Stefan
If there was ever a life to enthral other artists, it would be Caravaggio’s. His story involves all the intrigues one could desire; brawling, murder, prostitutes, escape, sodomy, religious orders, madness. All these mix together for a most scandalous life to read about. But what stands out most in Graham-Dixon’s book is his glorious descriptions of the paintings; Caravaggio’s life would mean little if not for the genius of his art, which the author so rapturously and deftly describes.
Recommended by Carlo
In this list for creatives, this book may seem like the odd man out. It’s not. Creatives today wear many hats. They are their own hype man, community manager, accountant, marketer, etc. Learning to navigate this unique new world is a requirement for anyone who wants to take their creative pursuits seriously. The #AskGaryVee Book is an easy to read, easy to understand, and straight to the point in showing what entrepreneurs and creatives need to do in this new landscape. It wasn’t written with the creative in mind, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t knowledge in this book that every creative can use.
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