Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Steal Like an Artist...a book review...sort of...

I just read Steal Like an Artist - 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon.
It's an easy read...I finished it in a couple of days...a handful of 15 minute escapes to feast on it's pages...
Any creative type should read it.
It's inspiring.  Affirming.  Informative.
What did I like most?
Several things...
Like this:
Don't wait to know who you are to get started.
or as Nike would say...Just Do It!
and this:
Practice Productive Procrastination.
Who knew having many projects going at once actually stimulates creativity!
I also like the idea that "stealing" is good.
Francis Ford Coppola will explain:
"We want you to take from us.  We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can't steal.  You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice and that's how you will find your voice.  And that's how you begin.  And then one day someone will steal from you."
And then there's this:
"Write the book you want to read."
Great advise.
I shall try.
And then there's the part about doing good work and sharing it with people.
Scary.  What if...?  Nevermind.  Courage!
I highly recommend this little book.
Its simplicity is its strength.
It's doable.  Possible.
If you have a couple of hours to be inspired, pick up this little number and enjoy every word. 

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