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The DaVinci Coach's Top Ten Creativity Books

Lisa Rothstein "Turning Creativity to Cash"
The list author says: "Some of these favorites concern creativity itself, while others are more focused on a field such as writing or art. All are terrific. If you have more creative talents than you know what to do with, visit the DaVinciDilemma blog. If you'd like a free assessment and one-on-one consultation with me, go to TheDaVinciCoach , both with the usual w's and dotcoms."
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
"The best and most fun book on screenwriting ever. I knew the author and took one of his workshops. Blake unfortunately passed away in 2009 from a freak heart attack at 52, but his encouraging and practical spirit lives on in all the Save the Cat books. Highly recommended."
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
"Read my review on this powerful kick in the ___ for all creative artists -- but especially writers-- struggling with the demons of resistance and procrastination."
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
"A man after my own heart, Michael Gelb deconstructs the messy and magnificent all-over-the-map creativity of a renaissance mind, and elegantly reorganizes it according to a set of guiding principles. This book is good for creatives but also for business people who want to think more creatively."
Alwyn Crawshaw's Watercolour Painting Course
Alwyn Crawshaw's Watercolour Painting Course
"Wow, I guess this book must be out of print -- I bought it when in Europe taking watercolor painting, and it was not $83! But if you find it, it's a great primer and reference for beginner and pro alike."
How to License Your Million Dollar Idea: Everything You Need To Know To Turn a Simple Idea into a Million Dollar Payday
How to License Your Million Dollar Idea: Everything You Need To Know To Turn a Simple Idea into a Million Dollar Payday
"This book is great for anyone with invention ideas. If you don't want the risk and toil of manufacturing you ideas yourself, this book tells you how to make money licensing your ideas while you concentrate o nthe fun part -- coming up with them."
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
"This list would not be complete without this book. I must say that reading it makes me somewhat uncomfortable -- and that's good. You will get to know yourself better than you perhaps wanted to, but will recognize the unique artist in you."
What It Is
What It Is
"A wacky, messy, stream-of-consciousness work of genius. I met the author, Lynda Barry, and told her that my problem was getting myself to work on my screenplay. Her answer was, "How do you know it's a screenplay?" Her approach is simply to create first and ask questions later as to "What it is". Full of prompts and exercises to get you thinking and maybe even blow your mind."
The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition
The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition
"A guide for using archetypes in your writing. A bit esoteric, but will get you thinking about your own characters as well as those you meet in movies and novels in a new way."
The Art of Dramatic Writing
The Art of Dramatic Writing
"This is a classic, all writers read it, but it's really a fascinating read for anyone interested in human psychology and motivation. So it's a must for anyone doing novels, screenplays, stage plays, or even TV commercials. It's also an excellent resource for actors."
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)
"Ok, so it's a children's book, but it was the first one I read that showed what you could do with one little crayon and a lot of imagination. I still like looking at it today when I get a little too grownup and reasonable. It's a great metaphor for any creative artist at any age. And a useful reminder that our life --as well as our art -- is what we make of it."