Steal Like An Artist

Creativity is not something exclusive or elusive. It is available to everyone, and also available only to those who believe in its omnipresence. We exist in the context of creation, we are created, we are creative.

Austin Kleon, a writer and artist, says that everyone should inject creativity into their life and work, and so the ideas extrapolated in his book, “Steal Like an Artist,” are for everyone:

1. Steal like an artist.

2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.

3. Write the book you want to read.

4. Use your hands.

5. Side projects and hobbies are important.

6. The Secret: do good work and share it with people.

7. Geography is no longer our master.

8. Be nice. (The world is a small town.)

9. Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)

10. Creativity is subtraction.

Number 5 validates this blog. Number 1 tells me to keep reading and studying great literature. Number 9 means that it’s okay to embrace my homebody-ness.

This book conveys the importance of inspiration. Art feeds your artist. Since I’m pretty much obsessed with inspiration in all of its forms, from a fragrant cup of tea to the gradient of the sky, I enjoyed the message. And the inspiration.

What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original. It’s right there in the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

~”Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon

Five stars, though I wished it were longer.

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