Some of these are purely inspired by inspirational people who created wonderful art, the others by people trying to encourage us to be creative and think creatively.
I’ll add more as I find them.
Transitions, William Bridges. Great when he starts talking about the Hindu idea of the “forest dweller.”
The War of Art, Steven Pressfield. He writes wonderful historical fiction too.
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh At times heartbreaking, but very beautiful.
Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon. Slight, but good stuff in there.
The Courage to Create, Rollo May
Tribes, Seth Godin. Because you have to find your people.
Creative Schools, Ken Robinson. Education is broken, but with guys like Robinson we have ways of changing the system, not just fixing it..
The Zen of Creativity, John Daido Loori