8 July, 2020
Creativity is a process. We all know about it, but only a few happen to bring it out beautifully. Why? At the crucial age of teenage, when you feel pressurized with academics, and at the same time, bent on figuring out yourselves and the world around, some great book reads could be your savior. These five book recommendations are carefully chosen to charge your brain cells on creative inspiration and thinking. Which one would you like to read first?
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
“You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.”
This book keeps you hooked. With various exercises, practical examples, and illustrations, the book keeps you engaged. Perfectly fitting to the digital age, the book stresses the point that one need not be a genius to be creative, rather all it takes is just to be yourself. It’s a must-read to inspire creativity and originality in you.
- Play by Stuart Brown
“The ability to play is critical not only to being happy but also to sustaining social relationships and being a creative, innovative person.”
As we grow, we forget to play the way when we were kids. The joy when we ran carefree or discover a new game. It doesn’t make sense to play with toys at an age when you’re meant to take care of many more things, but hey, why not? It is the illusion of the daily life that we forget to enjoy our time and fill it up with worries and anxiety. It is one of the primary reasons that kills off one’s creativity, deters our social skills and interrupts our ability to solve problems. Play is an amazing book to put this realization into the light.
- Warcross by Marie Lu
“Every locked door has a key. Every problem has a solution.”
This book is creative fiction. It takes you to sci-fi, fantasy world, just to show you how creative any imagination could go. It is about a teenage hacker Emika Chen, who finds herself embroiled in a virtual reality game that’s taken over the globe. It’s an international spy adventure with a diverse cast in a near-future sci-fi world and it’s pretty awesome!
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be but to find out who we already are and become it.”
The War of Art is a profoundly inspiring guide to disable creative blocks of every kind. It emphasizes that the battle of creativity starts within. While each one of us has immense creative potential, each one also has a naysayer, who procrastinates, self-doubts, or is fearful. It is easy to discourage ourselves and succumb to the roadblocks. But this book identifies this naysayer, sketches a battle plan to conquer and determines ways to achieve success.
- Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
“The teen years are not a vacation from responsibility,” we had told the columnist. “They are the training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible”
Alex and Brett Harris, who themselves are teenagers, make a compelling case of their potential. The Harris boys explode the myth of adolescence to show that teenagers are capable of a whole lot more than society thinks. This book is inspiring, challenging and empowering for all the teens out there.