So, before you get your knickers in a knot and spit out your coffee all over your screen…I want to share with you this great article by Austin Kleon I stumbled on this afternoon. Titled, How to Steal Like An Artist, and subtitled “10 things nobody told you about being creative”, it contains great tips for when we’re feeling a little less inspired.
I would normally skim over a lengthy post like this, but I found myself agreeing with so many points. There were certainly some “aha” moments for me. Do your creative self a favour and take a read. Now, I don’t want to be pushy or anything, but even if you only have time to read a couple of his points, pop back here and tell me what your favourite was. For me it was:
Step one, “do good work,” is incredibly hard. There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Fail. Get better.
Step two, “put it where people can see it,” was really hard up until about 10 years ago. Now, it’s very simple: “put your stuff on the internet.”
If you really enjoy the artist’s philosophy, then you’ll be pleased to know that his book of the same title comes out at the end of February 2012.