Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

What I Read This Week: Book 16/52

“It’s in the act of making things and doing your work that you figure out who you are.” – Austin Kleon

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my newsletter!

It has been a weird week. By Friday, I realized I couldn’t finish the two books I was reading in time to write about them for my weekly What I Read This Week. I have been spending a lot of time working on my manuscript because I jumped the gun and reached out to a Literary Agent who has now requested to see it. 

So, I have been focusing all my time on that and thought I would miss this week’s post until a friend posted on Instagram about the book she had just read, Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. I thought, what a perfect read! After staring at this manuscript for too long, I needed something short and to the point to help get my creative juices flowing again because I have been beginning to feel a lot of self-doubt. Editing this first draft is going to be the hardest thing for me. 

I first read Steal Like An Artist in 2015 when I planned to escape my 9-5 interior design job at F. Schumacher. If I wasn’t working, I was reading anything I could to help me through the grad school application process and overcome my fear that I was making the wrong decision. Steal Like An Artist helped me. 

So, here is what I learned from reading Austin’s book for the second time nine years later. 

  • What is the author trying to tell me?
    • You don’t need to worry about others; no one is paying attention.
    • Don’t wait until you’re ready to start.
    • Write the book you want to read.
    • Write about what you like.
    • Not all hobbies will make you money, but their creative vibration will help you be creative in other creations.
    • Traveling is the best thing to help you grow your environment must encourage change to support development.

  • How did the author communicate their message to me?
    • Austin uses short, to-the-point language and images to help get his message across, which is excellent. Who doesn’t love a little graphics with their reading? 

  • How did I feel about this book, or how did it make me feel?
    • I enjoy this book every time I pick it up. Being short and having direct language helps you take a moment to step away and recenter yourself emotionally and on your work. Seeing that everyone struggles in their way when it comes to art makes you realize that it isn’t that serious, and you can overcome your fear by consistently realizing what works and doesn’t work for you. 

Like so many others, Steal Like An Artist is a classic I plan to return to because every time you review it, you see it with different eyes, and that makes all the difference. So, if you find yourself needing some inspiration, I highly recommend you give it a read.

Thank you for reading!

Tell me, Reader, what are you reading this week? Have you read Steal Like An Artist? What did you think? Comment below!

 I hope I have inspired you to pursue your dreams and that you will stick around to see how my journey turns out!

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