Does Reading Boost Your Creativity?


What are you reading? Fiction or nonfiction? Are you reading art related books? How-to books? Inspirational books? Devotionals? Books about creativity?

I love books and I am always looking for the next best book to read. I have an Ipad with the Kindle and IBooks applications. Therefore I have an incredible amount of books to choose from.

I feel that reading is helpful in boosting my creativity. I become inspired by ideas in books. Those ideas help me to come up with my own original ideas. Books give my imagination a lift.

I wasn’t sure if everyone felt the same way as I. So, I went on the internet to see what others were saying about reading and creativity. I found several websites that feel that reading does boost your creativity.

In an article titled Ten Steps for Boosting Your Creativity, Jeffrey Baumgartner mentions reading. He says in Step #9, “Read as much as you can about everything possible. Books exercise your brain, provide inspiration and fill you with information that allows you to make creative connections easily.”

20 Tips from Psychology for Boosting Creativity by Kendra Cherry refers to reading in the 16th tip. She says, “Never expect creativity to just happen. Look for new sources of inspiration that will give you fresh ideas and motivate you to generate unique answers to questions. Read a book, visit a museum, listen to your favorite music or engage in a lively debate with a friend. Utilize whatever strategy or technique works best for you.”

Diggy wrote the article titled 15 Cool Ways to Boost  Your Creativity.  In this article Diggy says, “Reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become.”

In 5 Ways to Boost Creativity, Calia Roberts says, “While reading provides many intellectual benefits, reading is also beneficial for boosting creativity, exercising your brain and providing creative inspiration. Read as much as you can about several different subjects. Consider reading about subjects that previously were uninteresting to you. This change in the norm might spark your creative interest.”

A very interesting article written by Jenny Hope discusses a study about how doing boring tasks may enhance your creativity. One of the boring tasks mentioned is reading. I don’t think of reading as being a boring task but in the study mentioned in this article people are reading the phone book. Now, that would be boring!!!! Go to this link to read Jenny’s article.

Do you have an opinion about reading and creativity? Do you have any experiences with reading that have boosted your creativity? Do you have any articles you would like to share? Please leave your comments. I would love to read them. Maybe they will boost my creativity….. 🙂



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5 Responses to Does Reading Boost Your Creativity?

  1. Hey Terry,
    Great blog. I feel like reading is the foundation of all my creative projects. From my creativity blog to songwriting and even my work as a psychotherapist, the books (and articles) I read have a profound effect on the quality of my ideas and and my ability to make them into something real. Sometimes I fall into the trap of reading instead of doing though. About 6 months ago I decided I wanted to write a young adult novel. I proceeded to buy 15 books on how to write. I devoured them. It felt good. But I didn’t write a thing. As long as reading is used to fill your well and not procrastinate until you feel ready, it’s a wonderful thing.

  2. Hi Branden, We definitely do not want to use reading as a way to escape from creating. I am guilty of doing that as well. Balance is so important. Thanks for the insight.

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  4. Hi Terry,
    Thanks for the neat post, I will be checking out the links you have found.

    Though I don’t think I will be reading the phone book anytime soon.

    I view reading (and other artistic input)as “filling the well”, or “mental compost”. That is, the more you engage your creative-mind, the more it has to give back.

    Good luck to you and yours, Andy

  5. Janet says:

    Good Post! I love using reading to take my mind of me and my surroundings and ‘go’ somewhere that I have never been. It is the explorer in me, and that’s where I co-create. I need both the motivation and departure of the ‘go’ ahead of the ‘do’. It’s like putting gas in the car for me. Thank you!

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