Express Yourself: Creativity-Sparking Books to Celebrate Freedom of Expression

Has this season of One Book, One Chicago and the 2022 theme of Freedom to Read got your creativity flowing? Perhaps you're thinking about celebrating your freedom to share, write, draw and create your own story, just like Art Spiegelman did in Maus. Here are some books that can help spark your creativity as you express yourself.

Elizabeth Gilbert knows a little something about creativity. The author of the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love and other books shares her wisdom and tips for dreaming big and thinking creatively in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

A common challenge of creative people and artists is how to avoid burnout and continue to find joy in your work. In Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, Austin Kleon gives advice on how to stay creative, inspired, and true to yourself. 

If you're interested in writing but not sure how to get started, check out Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, which has exercises, inspirations and activities to help you get started putting pen to paper. 

Like Art Spiegelman in Maus, perhaps you're dealing with a challenging or painful story that you want to share. Bestselling speculative fiction author Charlie Jane Anders shares her tips and experiences in Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories.

If you've always wanted to draw but don't know where to start, Drawing for Beginners will give you ideas and share easy techniques to get you started. 

Fans of comics who are aspiring to draw their own should read The Comic Book Lesson, a comic about creating your own comic! 

How do you spark creativity? Share your tips in the comments!