It’s not that you get to some spot and every day after that you feel strong in what you’re doing. I went through many times when I started to ask myself, ‘What am I doing?’ And I had no idea.
Art is something that happens inside us. We look at things in the world, and we become excited by them. We understand our own possibilities of becoming. And that’s what art is.
Creativity takes courage.
Read This: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Every new blog has to start somewhere and I wanted to begin with the book that started this whole thing. First in my series of Read This is Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.
Before reading this book, I was feeling a little stuck. When you work in one artistic field for an extended period of time, I think it’s easy to get burned out and have your creative focus be too narrowed and eventually whittle away. So, I was looking for something different to shake up the routine and provide inspiration when I stumbled onto this book.
There are many, many great ideas and pieces of advice in this book. However, I think the greatest take away for me is to just make something. Each day. No matter what it is. No matter how big or small. Just do something creative. It could be writing a poem, taking a picture, drawing a doodle. Whatever.
For a really long time, I thought that it was only possible for me to be creative and a success if I made projects in my specific field that were recognized by my artistic peers. But I’ve recently realized that this is absolute wrong way to go about doing anything creative or fulfilling.
It doesn’t have to be completely original because all creative works are inspired by the works that came before them. And it doesn’t have to be good (at least at first) because it takes a lot of time and practice to be good. And you don’t have to know exactly what it’s going to be when you start because you usually figure that out along the way. And you don’t have to know who you are when you begin because it is in the process of making your work that you discover who you are.
With that in mind + the advice I picked up from this book, I’m just starting something. So, this is the beginning. I know this is a blog and I know I want it to focus around creativity in various ways, but other than that, I am just kind of seeing where it goes.
This book contains what I would consider to be the thesis of this blog (at least at this point) in the following quote:
Collect good ideas - the more you collect, the more you can be influenced by. - Austin Kleon
I think, much like the book says, I am going to make this a remix. I am going to start by collecting as well as writing original content. I’ll include the books I’ve read, the videos I’ve watched, the art I’ve looked at, the pictures I’ve taken, the places I’ve been, the pieces I’ve written, etc.
So, I’m making this for me, as well as for anyone else who is interested.
Following are some graphics from the book that I was most inspired by…
For more info about the book or Austin Kleon’s other work, visit austinkleon.com.