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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Paperback – February 28, 2012
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From the Back Cover
- Steal like an artist.
- Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
- Write the book you want to read.
- Use your hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important.
- The secret: do good work and share it with people.
- Geography is no longer our master.
- Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
- Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
- Creativity is subtraction.
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Some of my favorites are:
“You need to find a way to bring your body into your work.” Pg. 54
“If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them.” Pg. 68
“When you open up your process and invite people in you learn.” Pg. 81
“Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.” Pg. 94
“If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.” Pg. 104
“Freedom from financial stress also means freedom in your art.” Pg. 123
The list goes on and on. He also mentions at the end of the book that you need to marry well. I can say that beyond a shadow of a doubt I’ve done that. Because he saw the artist in me before I saw it myself.
I’ll just say - read this. Whether you think you’re an artist (or even want to be) or not. This book will provide inspiration, kick in the pants truth, and motivation for wherever you find yourself in life.
It's a quick read that you can finish in one sitting, but the ideas and advice it contains will stay with you long after you've put it down. Some of Austin's suggestions will validate what you're already doing, some will challenge you to fundamentally change a creative practice, others will inspire you to grab a notebook and get to work immediately.
Because it's such a small and accessible book, you'll want to go back to it from time to time. Just like Stephen King's On Writing, as you change and grow as an artist, it reveals new ideas and inspirations to you that you may have missed on a previous read.
This is a fantastic addition to your library, and a wonderful gift for any creative person in your life.
Also, some really poignant quotes from surprising sources. One such quote:
“We were kids without fathers, so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves.” - Jay Z