6 Books to Help You Become a Fearless Creative

written by founder, Kayla Hollatz

Photo courtesy of #createlounge photographer,   Nadeena     Seodarsan

Photo courtesy of #createlounge photographer, Nadeena Seodarsan

Do you remember what it felt like the first time you pressed the ‘publish’ button on your first blog post, or when you sold your first painting after while standing next to your artwork at a crowded art show, or when you learned how to code and timidly launched your first website?

You tap into your creativity daily but it’s easy to forget just how far you’ve come.

In order to start any creative project, you must first battle fear.

No creative journey is complete without fear, but these carefully selected books can help you say goodbye to doubts and hello to your dream creative life. 

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If there’s one book you should read on creative living beyond fear, it’s this one. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the well-known memoir Eat Pray Love, shares a behind-the-scenes look at her own creative journey and includes small excerpts from other inspiring creatives she has met along the way. This book can serve as the permission slip you need to finally create the project that’s been growing within you. Read the book

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

You may recognize this title as a previous #createlounge book club choice, and it fits perfectly into this list of books for fearless creatives. Through The Desire Map, readers are taken through several honest stories and actionable exercises to illuminate how they want to feel in their everyday life. The book is founded on the principle of setting goals with soul. Our bookshelf wouldn’t be complete without it! Read the book

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

We often default to choosing what we “should” do, but what if we chose “must” instead? How would the change how we create, how we love, how we live? Elle Luna pairs beautiful illustrations with simple words that make a big, lasting impact. While the book itself is relatively short, it tackles some larger-than-life questions that will challenge how you make decisions in your day-to-day life. It’s also just so nice to look at! Read the book

If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher

I’ve been following along with Hannah’s blog and her More Love Letters movement so I knew this memoir was going to be good even before I opened the first page. It’s the true story of a girl who moves to New York City shortly after graduating from college and finds herself writing strangers love letters as a way to cope with her own loneliness and depression. Although the book covers some heavy themes, there is light to be found in every passage, especially when she opens up about how she started the More Love Letters project. If you’re looking for an unfiltered story where creativity triumphs over fear, give this book a read. Read the book

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

If you’re struggling to find your calling, raise your voice, and cultivate your message, this book can help you learn and reflect on how to move forward. My favorite part of the book is when Tara explained the Inner Mentor Visualization. While guided meditations are not traditionally my thing, I was intrigued by this particular one and decided tried it for myself. It was enlightening to see where my mind wandered during it and what I found. Tara also shares a multitude of stories from working with clients for years on the subjects in this book so it’s easy to relate to. Read the book

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

In order to be truly fearless, you must first accept that who you are and what you create will never be perfect. As artists, we can be tempted to chase after perfection but it’s never been in our DNA. Brene Brown has a great way of sharing gentle, heart-centered advice while also knowing when to give you a loving kick-in-the-pants. I like how she blends data with real stories from her life and the lives of her clients and loved ones. Read the book.

Kayla Hollatz for #createlounge


Kayla Hollatz is a copywriter and social media strategist by trade and a community builder, poet, and storyteller by heart. She founded #createlounge, the first ever Twitter chat for creative bloggers and entrepreneurs, and has grown it into an online movement. She can frequently be found fighting Minnesota winters with a cup of hot chocolate in hand. 

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