Book Review "Steal Like an Artist"

If you like looking at, reading, or creating things

stop reading this post and READ THIS BOOK

immediately. Then wait a week and read it again.

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon is a fantastic book for anyone who is even remotely interested in creativity. It is a realistic and extremely honest book of advice that addresses some large elephants and gorillas in in the room.

Many people starting out in a creative field are embarrassed or discouraged when they find themselves looking to others for a vision or a voice. As if we are born with this fully developed set of creative skills and experiences rather than, as Kleon points out, in his chapter, "Don't wait to know who you are to get started,"

You might be scared to start. That's natural. There's this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It's called "impostor syndrome."

He then carries on to encourage people to just start making things. You'll find your voice in the creation of stuff. I can't endorse this book enough. It is not pretentious or preachy, its just good solid advice about being creative. So avoid two or three cups of designer coffee and use the $10 to get this book instead.