The Creative Habit (4 best books on powerful habits)

best books on creative habits
This blog post is a continuation of my year of reading. See what inspired me this year and if it inspires you as well! If you are wondering what this has to do with art, then let me share this quote by Twyla Tharp:

“I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ― Twyla Tharp 



“We must embrace the fact that if we don’t commit to thinking and living differently than most people now, we are setting ourselves up to endure a life of mediocrity, struggle, failure and regret—just like most people.” ― Hal Elrod

takeaway: I definitely changed my morning routine as a result of this book, check out My Morning Routine to read more.


“Creativity is an act of defiance.” ― Twyla Tharp (tweet this)

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”― Twyla Tharp (tweet this)

takeaway: Again, her morning routine focuses her day and enhances her creativity.

Charles Duhigg

“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”―Charles Duhigg

“If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real.” ― Charles Duhigg

takeaway: great research in here which supports why programs like Weight Watchers and Alcoholics Anonymous work.

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” ―Stephen R. Covey

“Start with the end in mind. ” ― Stephen R. Covey

takeaway: This book is a must read for all human beings and many of the other books I read refer to this one which is the grandfather of self-development books. Many of the quotes in this book made their way into my art journal pages… you can see them here.

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In Case We Haven’t Met Yet…

artist Miriam Schulman in her art studio www.schulmanart.comHello! I’m Miriam Schulman and I create mixed media art to tell stories. I also teach other people how to craft their stories with art. I give them the techniques they need to get the results they desire which brings more joy to their lives. 

My art has been published by Somerset StudioArt of Man and the New York Times among others and collected by an international audience. When I’m not working on art in my studio, you’ll find me in a museum spending time with friends or family. Explore my art at or join the fun at

Now I want to hear from you… have you read any of these books? Which would you love to read next?

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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