Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
This is a short, simple book on creativity and motivation. I read the entire thing in about 30 minutes, but that doesn’t diminish the message of the book or make it less worthwhile to read. If you are looking for something in depth, step by step, or detailed, read something else. This is essentially an overview of the author’s thoughts on creativity. He has some wonderful pointers and ideas in the book, but the sections are very short and to the point.
If you are looking for a swift kick in the pants, this is a good book. If you are looking for a book that will hold your hand and take you step by step, this will most likely be a disappointment. Personally, I really liked it. I wanted a little more depth, but it was a good motivational read.
About the Book:
- Age range: Adult/teen
- Genre: Creativity/self-help
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition, Later Printing edition (February 28, 2012)
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, col- lect 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.