Steal Like An Artist

steal like an artist

One of the best books out there about creativity is Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon – and it needs to be the book-book, made of paper, not the ebook, because the page design is part of the message.

Kleon tells truths in quick bites, like this one about blogging:

You don’t put yourself online because you have something to say – you can put yourself online to find something to say. The Internet can be more than just a resting place to publish your finished ideas – it can also be an incubator for ideas that aren’t fully formed, a birthing center for developing work that you haven’t started yet.

Or this, about finding the time to be creative:

The solution is simple: Figure out what time you can carve out, what time you can steal, and stick to your routine. Do the work every day, no matter what. No holidays, no sick days. Don’t stop. What you’ll probably find is that the corollary to Parkinson’s Law is usually true: Work gets done in the time available …

If you have aspirations to create something, you owe it to yourself to invest a little time in reading Steal Like An Artist.