Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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Workman Publishing, Feb 28, 2012 - Self-Help - 160 pages
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

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User Review  - andycyca - LibraryThing

You can read it in an hour or two, but actually following this advice can take months to get started. This is one of the few books I'll be carrying at all times next year to see what I can produce Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl.Russell - LibraryThing

This book is a quick read, and contains practical advice on creativity. I finished my copy in a single reading. The book intersperses text with graphics and quotes. Though small, my copy is marked by ... Read full review

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Steal Like an Artist
Dont 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 Its the Only Way to Get Work Done
Creativity is Subtraction
What Now?

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Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for such organizations as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas, and online at

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