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Mark McGuinness’ Five Essential Books for Creative Work Habits

Mark McGuinness is a trained psychotherapist, a poet and a coach. For the last 20 years, Mark has dedicated himself to coaching ambitious creative professionals in fulfilling their potential — creatively, personally, professionally and financially. He’s also the author of Productivity for Creative People, a practical guide to getting creative work done amid the demands and distractions of 21st-century life. Today he is my guest blogger, sharing his favourite books to help you develop creative work habits.

Book 1: The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

By Steven Pressfield

If you ever procrastinate over tackling your big creative challenges, you need to read this book: Pressfield nails the problem of what is getting in your way, and how to get past it.

Book 2: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

By Mason Currey

Fascinating accounts of how great writers, artists, composers and other creators actually spent their working days. An entertaining read that may give you valuable ideas on restructuring your own schedule (or at least validate your own eccentric habits).

Book 3: Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career

By Jocelyn K. Glei

Written to address the specific productivity challenges faced by creative professionals; a great collection of articles by creatives and thought leaders.

Book 4: The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

By Twyla Tharp

A living legend explains how she works her magic, and shows us how seemingly mundane daily habits can unlock your creativity.

Book 5: The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

By Todd Henry

How to be brilliant at a moment’s notice. Helps you establish working practices to handle pressure and deliver the creative goods when it counts.

Meet Mark McGuinness

Mark is a poet, coach and creative entrepreneur living in London and coaching creatives worldwide via the magic of the Internet. After graduating from Oxford, he followed up on an early childhood interest in the psychology of creativity by training as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. Today he spends his time writing and helping creatives unlock the creativity in their psyche and apply it to their art, their career and their business. Mark has been blogging about creativity, productivity, entrepreneurship and poetry since 2006.


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Twitter: @markmcguinness

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