Thursday, October 18, 2012
"Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon
The subtitle of the book is "10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative," though I have to admit I'd read some of his tips elsewhere. The main idea is that, like the writer of Ecclesiastes told us so long ago, there is nothing new under the sun. Everyone is just reworking the same ideas in their own way. And so Kleon suggests that you do things like make lists of who inspires you, then find ways to combine the ideas they give you into some new projects of your own.
My favorite section is Chapter 3: Write the Book You Want to Read. It's very short, but it made me go, "Okay, yeah, I'm going to pay no attention to what's cool in fiction right now, I'm going to write the book I want to read." Which is a western, because I love westerns, and who cares if they're what people are into right now, they're what I'm into, and I'm the one putting in all the work. So there :-)
Anyway, you can buy this book for under $10. If you want to know a bit more about it, go to the author's site here. I totally recommend this book not just for writers, but for anyone doing creative work who needs a little boost now and then.