Steal Like An Artist
Years ago, prior to my retirement, I was feeling stuck, unsure about my next steps and searching for some creative fire to light my thought processes. The book, Steal Like an Artist, jumped out and called caught my attention during a visit to the local bookstore.
Recently I pulled it back out and started following the blog of its author, Austin Kleon, who decribes himself as a writer who draws. Steal Like an Artist energized me. Like Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way, Kleon's fresh drawings, quotes and metaphors encouraged me to think of myself as a creator.
Cameron prompted my daily practice of morning pages and Kleon's work helped me break through my hesitation to openly share my work. I began blogging and writing on my bathroom mirror as a form of self motivation that I hoped would inspire others.
Over the years, the courage to express my creativity has grown. A precious dimension has been added to my life, generated by a positive, ongoing self check-in that is unique to creative expression. If you haven't had a chance to read Austin Kleon's book, please do. I hope it will become a jumping off place toward a creative endeavor for you.
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"What is originality? Undetected plagiarism"
~ William Ralph Inge
Kleon invites us to study influential work of others who who spark your creative flow. The quality of your influencers are key, so create your own family tree with the people who's work you admire.
"Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas."