This isn’t a coffee table book. This book is for your desk, where it’s within hands reach for a boost of creative inspiration. Unfortunately for me, after having purchased it, I had kept it in my closet and missed out on it for a time.
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon is a nonfiction book filled with inspiring quotes and illustrations for any creative endeavor you aspire to.
Steal Like An Artist made me realize that what most people say about creativity, the opposite is true. It was particularly helpful to me because of my perfection driven mind and I thought I couldn’t make art because it wouldn’t be unique. All those preconceived notions are turned upside down.
While thinking of what quote to put in this post, I had a hard time because the whole book is quotable, so I highly recommend a read. It doesn’t matter if you’re not in a creative profession.
“The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like. Write the kind of story you like best—write the story you want to read. The same principle applies to your life and your career:”
There are two more follow ups to Steal Like An Artist. Show Your Work! and Keep Going, both of which I plan to read back to back.
Thank you for reading,