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on July 6, 2015
A very lightweight and quick read, with occasional insight but mostly motivational tips you've probably already heard. Although it is nice to be reminded, especially as a creative type who zips from one project to another. This book is a 30 minute inspirational pick me up, definitely not a detailed how to.

Best tips, not just for creatives: write ideas down when they happen, keep a journal, keep swipe and praise files, read all you can by your most inspiring people.
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on January 12, 2017
I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and it lived up to my expectations. There's so much goodness in this book that you'll read through it quickly. I just finished it once and I'm going back through it again to glean the wisdom that I sped by the first time. Thanks for writing this book, Mr. Kleon. (By the way, I highly recommend subscribing to his email list too. There's plenty of great content to follow up on.)
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on August 10, 2013
This book will surely get you ready for a personal "remix". From page 1, Kleon's book delivers countless thought provoking anecdotes that are instantaneously regenerative. It's a great read that can be achieved within a couple hours, however, what you get from it is probably more beneficial than a 1000 page self help book. I've personally found myself imprisoned by the illusionary theory of originality in art. Not to say that an artist's work can't be original...it can, in the sense of uniqueness, but as with everything in life, that work has it's own origins. Overall, Kleon uses his own life experience and the wisdom he's gathered from it to tackle a broad topic. From this he has developed a very simple "how to" guide on channeling inner creativity, that anyone can use. If you go to his website, you'll find that this guy is very transparent, a trait that I find common in great teachers. All this to say, excellent book, excellent author. I'll be reading it again this evening..
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on March 13, 2014
Written in a very entertaining, conversational style. First, it's downright motivating. You really get the impression that this is someone who has been there, and wants you to get there too.

Second, this book tears down some of most common misconceptions about art-making (e.g. you need to be original (real artists steal); you need to make work for an audience (make it for yourself); to be creative you need to have unproductive quirks or some kind of dramatic flair (boring is more productive); you need to know what you're doing before you get started (start doing your work and it will become clearer as you go)).

Highly recommended.
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on July 18, 2015
I live that this is a how-to book which reads more like a manifesto. It has so many anecdotes and ideas that your head literally explodes with ideas when you read it. Filled with practical advice on how to become a successful artist - but the advice applies to all facets of life, well beyond artistic pursuits This awesome little book now has hundreds of thousands of copies in print and has been translated into over a dozen languages because it's THAT good!
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on May 18, 2017
This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I was pleased to learn that some of the tools I've started and stopped turn out to be valuable and I'm going back to them with renewed dedication!

Log book, calendar, notebook to collect things....
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on October 29, 2014
My introduction to Austin Kleon began with the sequel to this book: "Show Your Work," and I loved that one so much I bought "Steal Like An Artist," and possibly love it even more! Eh, it's a toss up! They're both FANTASTIC.

I highly recommend this book as a gift, as personal inspiration, as a checklist of immediate actions you can take to start creating today.

And this book is for EVERYONE, regardless of age or occupation. I love that Austin encourages you to have hobbies and not to leave pieces of yourself out of the equation of YOU.

Simple. Fun to read. Great quotes. Inspirational. Actionable items.

Go steal and find yourself in the process.
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on September 17, 2017
Very inspirational and great insights alone the way. Easy and short read. Great for everyone.
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on November 18, 2015
Klein lays it out very simply for the reader - here's how to get ideas from the world and use them in your craft. The book may be small but it packs a puncj of by information for the by reader who chooses to listen and follow. My favorite idea of his is to carry a notebook everywhere you go. Write down lines people say or the things you see around you. Then look and read between the lines - the ideas are there, just lurking no in the by pages. He by teaches the reader that enlightenment and success are not ad far away as one might think.
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on September 30, 2017
Stuff you can start doing while you're still reading the book that will help make you more creative. As an old boss said, "Rookies create. Pros copy."
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