Nov. 4, 2014

Steal Like an Artist [Click heard to comment]

Jim Harrison once said, in deciding if he wanted to be a writer, “I looked around and saw no one writing who sees the world the way I do." It was good enough for him to stake himself out and his words worked for me also.

I was reminded of Jim’s words as I read Austin Kleon’s, Steal Like An Artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative. With the exception of some borrowed, right-on quotes, there was nothing in this little book that I had never heard before.

But it was inspiring.

Why is that?

It’s a given that Austin is a good writer, but I think he sees the world from a half-degree-or-so, different angle than me. It makes a difference. I took something away that I did not have going in.

My mind clicked with permission and slid into a plan.  Pretty good outcome for a 140 teenypage read.

His book is confirming also. I’m not as crazy as I thought. The youngsters are on top of this. Here is an example:

Make Things, Know Thyself.

If I waited to know who I was or what I was about before I started, “being creative,” well, I’d still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things. In my experience, it’s the act of making things and doing our work that we figure out who we are.

You’re ready. Start making stuff.


Austen Kleon, Steal Like an Artist. (Buy here).