Steal Like an Artist – Finding Inspiration and Creativity

Finding Creative Inspiration (Not Committing a Crime)

Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon.  Recently I came across this book for the first time while dropping off a package at a shipping store.  The title peaked my interest.  I later found copies were available through my local library and I was able to reserve it.  The book is a fairly quick, easy read.  Despite the title, it certainly does not implicate or condone blatant plagiarism.  Rather, the book focuses on drawing inspiration and ideas from the world around us.  It draws on the emphasis that nothing is original.  Everything is influenced from something else.  To quote the book directly,“nothing is completely original… All creative work builds on what came before… If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.”

Do you have writer’s block?  Can’t seem to find new creative outlets?  Lacking where to pull inspiration from? Looking for a way to supercharge your own creativity?  Do you feel you need to take a different view of something?  Want quick look at different perspectives?  If any of these apply to you, this book is worth checking out.  There are some great quotes from artists throughout the book and it touches on the authors own creative channels.  It’s a concise, high-level look into how you can find inspiration.  Certainly worth noting is this book was a New York Times bestseller as well.

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