Inspired by my friend Megan McDonald and her tip on how to break through creative blocks, I decided to pick up these two craft books!
Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a wonderful resource on how to build a business as a freelance artist. I struggled to find a road map on how to succeed as a freelance artist and reading this book helped me to organize my goals. It also helped to answer questions about agents and relationships with clients. This book resonated with me because it not only helped to answer industry questions but it also interviewed freelance artists that were traveling a similar road. In other words it made me feel less alone and neurotic!
Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic is like spending time with a personal friend who is inspiring you with antidotes of her own creative journey. Her explanation of inspiration makes this creative process less painful and self destructive. You maybe scraping by or on the brink of giving up your creative dreams but once you read this book you will be motivated to stay the course just a little bit longer hopefully to see the sun on the other side.