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Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

This book could have been a pamphlet. But, despite its brief insights--it is thought provoking.

• Nothing is original
• Learn the history of your craft: one artist at a time. This is your creative lineage.
• School yourself--be curious
"School is one thing. Education is another. The two don't always overlap."
• Keep a "swipe" file. Things you like for later inspiration.
• Get started--perfect your craft along the way.
• "The human hand is incapable of making a perfect copy." Your "copy" will never be the same as the original!
• "Steal from many"--then you transform your work into an original.
• Make the stuff you like.
• Start with hands-on / Perfect with screen time.
• "Side projects and hobbies are important." They widen your sphere of acquaintances and feed creativity back to your primary craft.
• "Practice Productive Procrastination" "It's the side projects that really take off." "Take time to mess around." Don't be afraid of being bored.
• Step 1: "Wonder at something." Step 2: "Invite others to wonder with you."
• "Build your own world" -- If you admire someone's work, insert yourself into their sphere. Geography is no longer a hindrance.
-Write fan letters.
• "Leave Home" -- be inspired by other places and cultures.
• "Make friends-ignore enemies" "Be nice. The world is a small town."
• "Keep a praise file." Use for a quick boost--don't dwell there.
• Keep a regular "boring" schedule and stay out of debt.
• Get a calendar and schedule incremental work on projects (he recommends daily work)
• Keep a log book. A daily calendar where you keep details.
• Look on the bright side. Ask: What's the best thing that happened today? - Nicholson Baker
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Lisa I don't have to read the book now 🙂


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