I recently received a copy of Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. It’s a small book and a quick read with a quantity of interesting, innovative and humorous ways to get your creativity flowing.
It opens up with the concept that all art is theft and that there is nothing original under the sun. And then flows through a whole slew of concepts to boost creativity. Several we all already know, others are refreshingly new. And probably stolen from somewhere.
A key one for me was to take a break from digital. As in get away from the keyboard and the screen. When you’re sitting there, you’re basically immobile with just your eyes and fingertips involved.
Get out of the digital realm and you bring in more of your awareness, you move your body more, you become more integrated with what you’re working on. I can feel the difference in the energy just reading about it.
Additionally, practice the art of productive procrastination. Get away from the work. Get lost, wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you.
It was emphasized also to stay connected with your passions. All of them. It’s so easy to channel all your energy into a project and disconnect with the activities that fire your creativity. Whatever it is that lights up your soul is going to manifest in that which you create. Your heart knows the way.
There were many additional insights to help ensure you maintain your creative energy by such basics as take care of yourself physically, manage your money wisely and engage in the right relationships.
Although a short book, there were so many meaningful insights. I don’t like to be a spoiler and won’t list them all here. Besides, the author presents the material in a much more amusing manner that I’m doing in this post.
If you’re looking for something to jump-start your creative juices, get a copy of this book and devour it. I highly recommend not stealing it.