You know how people are always asking,
Have you read any good books lately?
I’m happy to say,
YES! I HAVE!!!
If you want to give your creative life a boost read this book!
It’s inspiring and informative and just plain fun to read.
So you might as well embrace influence.
Kleon suggests remixing and reimagining, promoting imitation and copying, which when pushed one step further becomes emulation.
Johnny Carson tried to be Jack Benny.
David Letterman tried to be Johnny Carson.
Conan O’Brien tried to be David Letterman.
In their failure, they became themselves.
Surround yourself in books
Be curious about the world you live in
Collect and Store Good Ideas:
Carry a notebook and a pen wherever you go
Take pictures with your phone camera
Do the work you want to see done:
Write the book you want to read
Draw the art you want to see
Play the music you want to hear
Use your hands:
There is nothing like feeling your hand move across the page.
Handwriting is a form of art; it’s like drawing, which is why I was saddened to read, Handwriting Just Doesn’t Matter.
I strongly disagree.
Art can be done on computer but how sad it would be if we stopped using our hands. I do all my first drafts with a pen and paper. My brain works differently somehow (more linear) when I write on a computer.
Don’t worry about Imposter Sydrome. We all suffer from it.
Take on the Fake It Til You Make It mantra.
Show up and do your best work!!
There are so many valuable tips in Steal Like An Artist.
And they work!
Take it from me, I stole from Kleon’s book and got this blog post.