Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Austin Kleon
Workman Publishing Company
2012, 160 pages, 6 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches (paperback)
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Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t lie. Don’t steal. The three of the biggest lessons that you’re taught as a child.
But now that you’re an adult, you can ignore the last of those “don’ts” (and maybe the first one, too), according to Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. To “steal like an artist,” Kleon says to recycle bits and pieces from other people’s work to make your own art.
He calls himself a writer who draws, and it shows in this book. Almost every page includes his doodles, illustrating what he’s written. And what he’s written is revealing, practical, and – above all – encourages the reader to create.
The tagline of the book is 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. And to give you an idea of what’s inside, here are those 10 things:
1. Steal Like An Artist.
2. Don’t Wait Until You Know Who You Are.
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.
This book is what you might call a “re-reader” – buy it so you can read it more than once. Then go steal!
– Caleb Murphy