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Dec 13, 2012
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austinkleon:

All advice is autobiographical (YMMV)

I’m working on a keynote next week for SUNY Broome, a community college in upstate NY. The name of the talk is “How To Steal Like An Artist (And 10 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)” — here’s a sneak peek:

Steal like an artist.
Write the book you want to read.
Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
Use your hands.
The Secret: do good work and put it where people can see it.
Geography is no longer our master.
Stay out of debt.
Get yourself a calendar. (And a logbook.)
Be boring. (It’s the only way you get work done.)
Creativity is subtraction.


I was digging in my archives for a photo and came across this Instagram, which I posted a few days before I gave the “Steal Like An Artist” speech. It’s funny, if you click the links: I’d completely forgotten how much material for the original speech was just writing I’d collected over a half decade or so of blogging. People talk about blogging as if it’s this ephemeral thing — you just type things into boxes and it just gets lost in the wash of the Internet, but if you do it right, if you save your writing, tag it, archive it, have a good system for going back through it, it’s pretty cool what you can turn these bits and pieces into later.

austinkleon:

All advice is autobiographical (YMMV)

I’m working on a keynote next week for SUNY Broome, a community college in upstate NY. The name of the talk is “How To Steal Like An Artist (And 10 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)” — here’s a sneak peek:

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Write the book you want to read.
  3. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
  4. Use your hands.
  5. The Secret: do good work and put it where people can see it.
  6. Geography is no longer our master.
  7. Stay out of debt.
  8. Get yourself a calendar. (And a logbook.)
  9. Be boring. (It’s the only way you get work done.)
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

I was digging in my archives for a photo and came across this Instagram, which I posted a few days before I gave the “Steal Like An Artist” speech. It’s funny, if you click the links: I’d completely forgotten how much material for the original speech was just writing I’d collected over a half decade or so of blogging. People talk about blogging as if it’s this ephemeral thing — you just type things into boxes and it just gets lost in the wash of the Internet, but if you do it right, if you save your writing, tag it, archive it, have a good system for going back through it, it’s pretty cool what you can turn these bits and pieces into later.

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  1. fuckupanon reblogged this from missykayko and added:
    Here is the other great one— awesome advice.
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  4. thobgood reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    Pretty great -n- inspiring advice for being creative and positive. I bought this fella’s book for myself for Christmas,...
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  7. missykayko reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    A day after reading Steal Like An Artist, I can’t stop thinking about it. All you creatives out there, it’s a must read....
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  16. bmoreroach reblogged this from austinkleon and added:
    Steal Like An Artist, Organize Like a Librarian. There. I just titled his my next book.
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