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Steal Like an Artist
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative | Austin Kleon
You dont need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. Thats 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 boringthe creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
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IndoorDame
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ByChallaF
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When I picked this book up today, I was not expecting to read it all during my breaks at work. I love the creativity and simplicity of this book. So much to unpack in the short pages. I borrowed this one from the Library, but I am going to buy it. It will make a good reminder in those times when I can't figure out where my creativity comes from.

Charityann I love this book!😊 3mo
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marginalia_misfit
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having so much fun with this book, loving the day-to-day exercises!

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rather_be_reading
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Book 71 of 2019

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NeamhainHughes
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Short fun read, inspiring and laugh out loud funny. I had to stop to read bits aloud to my roommate a lot.

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"Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities. The idea that you can do anything is absolutely terrifying." - Austin Kleon

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thebluestocking
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Short and filled with pithy tidbits to inspire creativity. Not a lot of depth here, but I think it‘s a nice book to go back to for a little motivation.

➡️ You can read this for free on Amazon if you are a Prime member.

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Lea
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Good advice. Good input. Now to put them into practice.

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Mae_1
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Short, sweet, and brimming with wonderful quotes from artists and creatives.

RaimeyGallant Sounds lovely. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸😊 13mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 13mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 13mo
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DivineDiana
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“Collect books, even if you don‘t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.”

I am liking this little book of inspiration right from the beginning!

LeahBergen That quote is basically my daily mantra. 😉 1y
DivineDiana @LeahBergen I feel the same! 😉 1y
Sace ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Leftcoastzen Yes, what she said. @LeahBergen (edited) 1y
2BR02B I like to think of it as stockpiling rather than hoarding. 😁 1y
SledgeReader That‘s my dream room!!! 1y
Melissa_J Totally agree! BTW - I think that‘s Nigella Lawson in the picture in her own library 😊 1y
Cathythoughts “Nothing is more important than an unread library! “ I love this ❤️ 1y
DivineDiana @2BR02B I like the way you think! 😀 1y
DivineDiana @Melissa_J You‘re right! I went back and looked at the image. Thank you for telling me! 1y
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DivineDiana
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A group of artist friends chose this for their next book club pick. Although I am still working on the last one about Picasso, this seems to be a quick read!

AmandaL It is a quick read! I remember liking it. 1y
Lmstraubie It's definitely a quick read, but something you may find yourself rereading and mulling over as well. 1y
DivineDiana @AmandaL Good to know! 1y
DivineDiana @Lmstraubie That makes me happy! 😊 1y
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Bookspirit

Liked the read ☺

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Sydsavvy
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Just THE best. Easy yet provoking just like this pic from the book!

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mahesh894
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The amazing insights in the book will give you all the tools required to be as creative as you can be.

Travel more meet more people expand your adjacent possible and get creative!

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dixi_e
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Mehso-so

Lightning-fast read. The odd gem but not much new / appealing to me. Also annoyed at the very limited references / quotes to female creators.

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Erynecki
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I love when a book ends up in my life at just the right time. I‘ve been wrapping up the Chasing Portraits docfilm, writing new things, and generally feeling a bit lost in my creative path. And then along comes this small and delightful book with ideas about how to keep moving forward. Some great wisdom and practical advice packed in these pages.

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Monique
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FAVOURITE NON-FICTION OF 2017 (4/5)
While I love losing myself in fictional worlds, sometimes it‘s just as fulfilling to learn more about the world I‘m in. Here are my favourite non-fiction books I read last year.

Kleon‘s little black book played a large part in inspiring me to get back into drawing. Since I‘ve read it I‘ve done more drawing in a few months then I have in years. For that it gets a spot on my list!
#favouritebooks2017

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KarmonR
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I finished Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. He was the keynote speaker at a conference I attended a few years ago, and I liked his message of showing your working and connecting with others to keep you creative. I enjoyed the book, mostly the way Kleon presented his ideas. He made it clear he was practicing what he preached by sharing the inspiration for most of his ideas.

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Monique
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Kleon‘s little black book is full of great advice that inspires me to really get back into drawing. I feel the phantom limb pain he mentions. It‘s been a decade since I‘ve done real drawing or art and I‘m aching to get back to it but also being suffocated with anxiety. I can‘t keep waiting for my anxiety to get better and I feel like this is the perfect book to inspire me to get started. Hugely recommended to all creative types!

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Monique
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'See it? 1 + 1 = 3'

'You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, "We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."'

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Booksnchill
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I designed this ladder to my storage loft in the studio to accommodate all my art books- running out of room!!

MrBook Oooh! Nicely done! Look, @BookBabe ! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! ❤️ 2y
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SilversReviews Great job!! 2y
mrozzz This is lovely! 2y
Booksnchill @mrozzz thanks, it works well! 2y
JazzFeathers Cool 😍 2y
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Booksnchill
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View from my reading nook in my studio- finally ready to get some painting done! #litsypartyofone

thenamesbondvagabond Wow! What an awesome creative space! 2y
Booksnchill @thenamesbondvagabond thanks, I wish I could spend all my time here! 2y
kspenmoll Wonderful room! 2y
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Booksnchill @kspenmoll thanks- I even love the smell when I enter it- it transports me to my world! 2y
SilversReviews Love it!! 2y
Booksnchill @SilversReviews thanks- it is a special place! 2y
SilversReviews @SilversReviews thanks- it is a special place! 😇 2y
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Booksnchill
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#litsypartyofone Whiskey and I finished our short #SundayMorningRead and he decided his next step was straight to number 9- take a nap! Great short inspirational book(let) sure to motivate you with a great idea from artists - "The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from" David Bowie. Read this and dip into it if you are in a slump- then do like Whiskey and take a nap!?

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Booksnchill
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"Always be reading. Go to the library. There's magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks Read bibliographies. It's not the book you start with, it's the book that book leads you to. Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library."

Cathythoughts It's the book that book leads you to !!! Well said. We are on the trail , for the great books & we will ( have) find them (edited) 2y
Booksnchill @Cathythoughts I agree- I also agree I cannot type that early in the morning- I have edited and fixed my typos- eek! 2y
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This was a quick read and very inspiring. 😀👍

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tea.n.books
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Shamelessly stealing @beccaeve 's idea to stack books horizontally and created a decent amount of room and added variety to my shelves ☺️ #shelfie

beccaeve Awesome! Looks great! 3y
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rmej28
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Quick read. Great inspiration.

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Alliedanielson
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Matt had to read this for a class and encouraged me to read it. It was a fast read-it's a great collection of advice for all facets of life and I pulled a lot from it. Definitely worth a read if you need some encouragement!

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ThatNeilGuy
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Just finished this and enjoyed it. But mostly I'm thrilled to have finished another page in the notebook I've been keeping of every book I've read since 1987.

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TieDyeDude
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Some easy reads and tasty brew for this PA snow day! #snowday #daydrinking #lemonysnicket

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KarmonR
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This little Chrome extension lets you check to see if a book you are looking at on Amazon is available at your local library. Since that is often my book search workflow, this may save me some time. (Via Austin Kleon's weekly enewsletter) #booktools

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Google it yo.

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ThatLibrarianLady
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This book is amazing. I've known about it for years, but only decided to pick it up after a friend recommended it. This is one of those books I need to buy and highlight and underline and keep reading again and again. Highly recommended.

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ThatLibrarianLady
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Holy crap! There's so much in this little book; I hardly know what to quote!

she_barks I agree! I keep this one with all my serious writing books. 3y
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ssravp
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Happy #nationalbookloversday! I love this phone wallpaper that Austin Kleon posted to Twitter.

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echristopherclark
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I read this more as a professor always looking for good texts to use in class than as a creative looking for advice, but I did find a lot of great distilled information. And it's a super-quick read, something to keep on top of the desk as a reference for those über-crappy days.

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ssravp
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Super fast read. So much good information in here. Defiantly going to be buying this for people.

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MamaGina
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Love this advice on HOW TO READ MORE
(From: AustinKleon.com)

jeff Love this! 3y
SusanInTiburon All true 3y
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sharina
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Truly inspired while reading it. The book encourage me to look around and find little things that can become inspiration that can make my life more interesting. When we were kids, everyone in the classroom has hobby. Becoming working adults change most of us. No more interesting past time. How sad!

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CherylRussell
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One of my favorite #books I return to when my creativity lags. It is full of advice in a very easy to read format. It is a favorite textbook in my creative writing class.

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