For those of us who are of a creative disposition, inspiration is key to our expression. Sometimes it comes as easily as breathing, and other times we have to seek it out. For me, creativity comes easier when I am relaxed and peaceful. So here are my pick of 8 books for creative people that I think will bring inspiration and mindfulness to the creative process:

The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing - Monica Wood

This is a writing book that definitely taps into the mind and thought processes that writers' go through when trying to come up with ideas. It's a small but packed book that you can put in your bag along with a notepad, and dip into when you feel like a dose of inspiration. 

The layout is simple. It isn't one of those writing books that tell you how to write in a boring, conventional way. This book offers you tips along the way, and includes photographs that might invoke the beginnings of a story in your mind. Throughout the book, inspirational quotes are scattered, and you can turn to any page and find great and unique advice and inspiration. The pages are presented to be pleasing to the eye and easy to read. Various fonts are used, and some of the photos are quite amusing, whereas others are deep and meaningful. 

If you're a writer, this book is well worth a look.

I am here now: A creative mindfulness guide and journal - The Mindfulness Project

This is the ideal book if you want to combine creativity with mindfulness. It features a wealth of exercises that will take you from inside the home, to outside in the garden, and out and about in coffee shops. This is also the perfect purchase if you are a creative who suffers with anxiety. Not only will it offer you advice and help for dealing with your anxiety, but it will give you the chance to overcome it whilst expressing your creativity. 

It's a little book that holds some important messages, and gives you the freedom to be yourself, express yourself, and find a bit of mindfulness in a stressful, hectic world. 

Keel's Simple Diary - Philipp Keel

First of all, this book comes in a variety of colours. So before even thinking about what's inside, choose your colour. Take yourself through the rainbow and pick which you like the best, because once you have chosen, you'll open the book to a little message telling you what your choice of colour says about you. 

I chose orange (my favourite colour) and according to the diary, this means that I 

a) like sweatpants. b) are distracted. c) dislike quiet. 

This diary contains no dates, so you can fill it in whenever you want, and you aren't forced to do it everyday, or even in order. Each day gives you multiple choice like answers to describe what your day was like. You have an inspirational quote, and various lists or activities that will take no longer than 5 minutes to think about and complete. 

It's ideal for anyone who has ever tried to write a diary but has struggled with keeping up the daily habit. With this, you can ease yourself in, choose a page, tick boxes, write a few notes and become inspired. 

Flow Journal - Flow Magazine

The Flow Journal comes in four mini magazines/booklets:

  • The Joy of Making Lists
  • How to Slow Down
  • A New Beginning
  • Homemade Happiness

If you love the magazine, then these journals are like little spin-offs in which you will find the same sort of inspirations and mindfulness that the magazine has, but with added activities and pages for you to write and fill in yourself. They are essentially 4 notebooks that are packed with mini-articles, lined pages, lists, tick boxes, illustrations, quotes, advice...and all of these are tailored to whichever journal you choose to open. For example, The Joy of Making Lists focuses on how making lists can benefit your life and make things simpler and easier to manage. 

All 4 journals make great companions to the magazine, and can fit easily in your bag. They are sweet little booklets that combine creativity and inspiration in a beautiful way. 

The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace - Dr Patrizia Collard

This one is great for people who don't like wasting time, or might feel that they are too busy to try and find any kind of peace in every day life. Of all the books I've written about so far, this is the smallest and probably the most useful in terms of the exercises it outlines. They are very easy to read and understand, and there is a time indicator for each one, which are either 5 mins, 5-10 mins, or 10 mins. In the grand scheme of things, that's not a lot of time, and if you don't focus on those minutes, they will fly by as if they never existed. But with this book you can make those minutes count, and find a bit of mindfulness. Even if it's during your lunch break! 

The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-stress art therapy for busy people - Emma Farrarons

Art therapy shouldn't be underestimated. For a long while, colouring was seen as something only children do. But clearly, someone tapped into something amazing and hey presto, the mindfulness colouring books flooded into shops and onto shelves. I think that we all want to keep a bit of childhood with us, and colouring is the perfect way to do this. If you've had a stressful day and you just want to relax, colour in. You don't have to do a lot, just enough to wind down and get rid of the stress. 

This book in particular is small, so it won't take up a lot of room if you want to take it on a break with you, and the illustrations are un-complicated and won't take too long to complete. If you want to give art therapy a go, then I'd recommend this book as your starting point. 

Wreck This Journal - Keri Smith

Undoubtedly, this journal is at the heart of creative journals, and I'd say the definitive creative journal. I first saw it years ago, before these kind of books became popular, and it was the first of its kind that I'd seen. Immediately, I wanted it. However, this book might seem simple enough to wreck, but it doesn't half put your creativity to the test. 

This journal made me realise that I'm probably not as creative as I originally thought I was, or that at least my creativity isn't in line with that which this kind of journal is there to inspire. So if you really want a fun creative challenge, get yourself a copy of Wreck This Journal and set yourself free from all boundaries. And make sure you've got plenty of imagination!

642 Things to Write About - The San Francisco Writers' Grotto

This one is packed full of writing prompts that will keep you going for a long time. I find that the best way to get the most out of this book is to flick through it, find a prompt that sets your mind whirring, and let the words come. Some of them are more complex than others, but there's a good mix of longer writing exercises and shorter ones for a burst of writing. 

You can really delve into the deepest parts of your imagination, and write whatever you want. Make believe has never been so fun as it is with this book!

Remember, when it comes to creativity, you need to allow yourself maximum freedom of expression. All our minds are unique, so love yours, and keep your imagination alive with the help of some creative books like these. 

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Published by Jade Moore