One of the reasons I didn't start my challenge right away is that there are some books I've been meaning to read on the subject. It might seem tacky, but there are some things I want to set stragith before I begin. As I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel, it makes sense for me, personally, to check out what's available on the subject before diving in.
Here's my to read list:
- Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Read a very interesting description here.
- Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step by Edward De Bono
- De Bono's Thinking Course by Edward de Bono
- Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko
Why these? All of them are featured as highly recommended reading on the subject and most of them are lying on my desk. I've been postponing this for a while, sort of looking for the perfect moment to dive into the subject.
While searching for the links to these books on Amazon, I couldn't help looking at the "Also Recommended" section. Since both my time and my resources are limited, I thought I'd put together a wishlist with what looked interesting. You know, just in case I run out of ideas as to what I want for my birthday :)
- Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity by Josh Linkner
- The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
- The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley
- Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
- The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp