Reading And Creativity: Read More To Boost Your Creativity

Reading And Creativity Creativity For LifeHow are reading and creativity connected?

Each and every one of us has the potential to tap into our creative side. It’s just a matter of practice and doing it regularly so we train ourselves to be creative.

One of the ways you can boost your creativity is by reading. Reading and creativity go hand-in-hand!

Not just any reading will do, though.

Blog posts, short articles, magazines and the like are all a fun diversion, but they simply won’t turn your brain on the way a good book will.

Here’s why.

Reading Stimulates Your Brain

Just as an Olympic Gold Medalist has to keep fit if they want to compete well, you must exercise your brain to keep it stimulated in order for creativity to flow.

Your brain needs just as much exercise as the rest of your body. It’s time to start focusing on the importance of exercising your brain every day.

Set aside 20 minutes a day to go to a quiet place, pick up a book and read.

And don’t always read the same thing.

Stretch yourself and choose different genres to read from. If you normally read romance novels, pick up a biography instead.

Immersing yourself, even if just 20 minutes a day, in different subjects will really help your mind start to look at the world differently and in turn help your creativity start to come out.

Reading Improves Your Concentration

With all the gadgets and electronics out there, it seems like we’re always plugged into what’s going on in the world. Most people are never truly concentrating on just one thing.

Not that being plugged in is a bad thing, but sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break from the negativity (and all the gadgets!) going on around us.

And while there is sometimes a place for multi-tasking, we need to take a break from that too.

When you read, it forces you to unplug and focus on just one thing in order to be fully engaged with the book.

The more you do it, the more you’ll get used to concentrating on just the task at hand and that will help improve your concentration skills.

By exercising that muscle, your creative thinking skills will develop more as well. Being able to concentrate helps you think more clearly and that’s when those creative thoughts come out.

Reading Improves Your Vocabulary

Reading is one of the best ways to increase your vocabulary skills and while you may be wondering what vocabulary has to do with being creative, it can play a big role, especially if you’re a creative writer, blogger, etc.

Most writers out there will tell you that they spend a certain amount of time reading every day. The more you read, the more you will improve your vocabulary and you’ll probably be surprised at all the different words you start to see in your writing.

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So what are you waiting for?

Grab a book, set a timer every day for 20 minutes and start exercising that brain of yours and see how fast your creative thinking skills improve!

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Do You Have Any Book Recommendations?

In the comments area below, share with us the books that helps get YOUR creativity flowing! 🙂

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5 Comments on Reading And Creativity: Read More To Boost Your Creativity

  1. Derek says:

    Great advice! I know you have reviewed some of these books on this site, but here is my creativity reading list:

    Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon Mackenzie
    A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech
    Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon
    Show your Work by Austin Kleon
    Essentialism by Greg McKeown
    Rework by Jason Fried
    Insanely Simple by Ken Segall
    The Good Creative by Paul Jarvis
    Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull

    Of course, I must say a lot of my creative inspiration comes from reading random topics. But this is a good starter list.

    • Deborah says:

      Thanks for sharing your reading list with us, Derek! These are some great books, and I’ve added those I haven’t read to my list. Awesome share!

  2. Maureen says:

    Hi, I just discovered your site today … I think it was through a another blog I found today that had your badge in the margin. I’ll let you know more when I figure it out … Either way, I’m so thrilled to find your site!
    I like this article – especially the part about getting away from electronics and doing nothing but read for awhile, to help heal our frayed concentration. My husband showed me an article recently that says multi-tasking actually causes brain damage!!

    This must be something I need to work on, because Just a few days ago, I read an article about the benefits of reading ‘real’ books. (i.e., the kind with pages :-)). The article also specified fiction as the genre we need to read to offset the effects of our frenetic lifestyle. The reasons included,

    1). fiction helps most with concentration and focus because we can get immersed in the story, leading us to put our entire focus on the book … in contrast to nonfiction, which is usually easier to put down; 2). Fiction helps us … and our busy minds … simply STOP. Fiction lets us get lost in another world for awhile, giving our minds a little vacation from the constant working, analyzing. planning, learning, etc., and 3). With fiction, we can ‘bond’ with the characters, watching their journeys, struggles, failures, and triumphs. This not only gives us the chance to interact closely with someone (albeit a fictional character!), when technology tends to ‘water down’ our interactions with others … it also helps us return to, and strengthen, our own sense of self, which tends to get lost amidst the nonstop bid for our attention from cell phone, texts, video chats, Facebook notifications, Instagram, You Tube … it’s endless!
    I know this is a long comment, but I just have one comment and one question ….
    Comment: I haven’t read a purely fictional book for at least 15 years…And honestly, I don’t know if I can do it! I feel a little panicked just thinking about it. (that’s pitiful, I know!).

    Question: Anyone know of some good novels they can recommend? Something that will: 1). be funny or interesting or exciting enough to hold my attention; 2). not be too violent, gory or emotionally unsettling; 3). not be weighed down with long descriptive paragraphs; and 4). is a contemporary work, eg, written in the past 10 years or so. No big classics or anything like that, but still a well-written book. (I’m a tough customer,I guess!).
    Well, thanks again for writing this blog. I’m glad I found you … Maureen
    p.s. I am drawing a blank about where I read that article about reading fiction! I will let you know when I figure it out.

    • Deborah says:

      Hi Maureen – thanks for the great comment! I don’t know what I’d do without spending a few hours a week reading fiction purely for run and relaxation.

      If you’re looking to dip back into fiction, you might try reading some of the more recent books put out there as “young adult” fiction – for example, the Hunger Games books. If you’re into “cozy” mystery fiction your might try something like one of Mary Daheim’s “Alpine” series (The first book is ‘The Alpine Advocate.’) If you weren’t looking for something contemporary, I’d recommend To Kill A Mockingbird. For some escapist reading there’s also Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series, and George R.R. Martin’s ‘Game Of Thrones” series. If you’re into the whole vampire thing – you can check out the Twilight series or the True Blood series (which I found is quite different from the television show!).

      What else, Cohorts? Reading recommendations needed!

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