Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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524 reviews

About this ebook

Unlock your creativity.

An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.
Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you—what feels like a hobby may turn into you life’s work. Forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.
And finally, stay Smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your work.

 “Brilliant and real and true.”—Rosanne Cash

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524 reviews
Triva (Treev)
November 27, 2023
insight for writers block beginner, intermediate, and the third one forgot the word(ha, how ironic). wherever to u are in your writing and your get stuck.... read a few pages of this book. BAM!! you'll be back to writing in no time, beginner or towards the END....
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Soren Blank
March 2, 2023
What I really loved about this book is how specific it was about each topic of each and every chapters. All straight forward words and ideas from an "artistic/ creative" perspective. Sensed no effort of trying to extend the book as much as possible like the other self-help books out there. I would say this book is more like a book of only straight forward "ideas" applicable for more or less everyone. You can even finish this book within a few hours even if you are one of the the slowest readers on Earth. A highly recommended book for everyone!
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Jared Cook
January 10, 2019
Not being naturally creative, this book opened my eyes to creativity in a different way. Knowing that you don't have to "recreate the wheel" removes so much pressure and let's me know it's OK to "steal" from others to get the process started.
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About the author

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going. He’s also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. Visit him online at

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