Author: Austin Kleon
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Number of Pages: 140+
Available at: Amazon
An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.
Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you — what feels like a hobby may turn into your life’s work. Forget the old cliche about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.
And finally, stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your work.
About the Author
Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He is the author of the redacted poetry collection Newspaper Blackout, and his work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, The Wall Street Journal, and the art website 20X200.com. He lives in Austin, Texas, and online at austinkleon.com
Here’s the list of contents and my short description on each of them:
1. Steal like an artist.
- Talks about how nothing is really completely original nowadays and how you can create your own original ideas from stealing from others.
2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
- Talks about how you shouldn’t wait till you figure out everything before you start and some tips to help you get started if you are not sure where to start.
3. Write the book you want to read.
- Talks about why you should do creative things that you enjoy.
4. Use your hands.
- Talks about how getting away from our digital gadgets and using our bodies can help generate new ideas and give you a fresher view.
5. Side projects and hobbies are important.
- Talks about how side projects and hobbies can lead to productive procrastination and you shouldn’t stop doing the things that you enjoy.
6. The secret: Do good work and share it with people.
- Talks about why you should share your work and knowledge to people on the internet.
7. Geography is no longer our master.
- Talks about how the internet has made the world a smaller place and that it’s important to not depend on it too much.
8. Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
- Talks about why you should be nice on the internet and that you should never be the smartest or most talented person in a group.
9. Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
- Talks about how ordinary lifestyle and recording things down frequently helps achieve your long term goals.
10. Creativity is subtraction
- Talks about how giving yourself restraint can help get you over an artist block.
Every artist has experienced artist blocks, this is a perfect little book to read through for some motivation. I found myself finishing the book very quickly and being motivated by the words and tips from the book. The design and layout within the pages are interesting and captivating so you won’t get bored of reading quickly, such as the many illustrations by the artist and quotes by various artistic people scattered around in the book.
Whether you are someone who’s trying start something creative as a hobby or your job needs you to be creative, whichever type of creative path you’re on, drawing, painting, photography, music, writing etc, this is a nice little read when you are feeling like you’re out of your creative juices. There are also various helpful tips on different areas of life as a creative person.
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