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

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This is the book to get your creative juices flowing.

Austin Kleon is a smart writer who writes in an engaging manner with simple call-to-actions and wonderful use of quotes by inspirational people. It's inspiring and motivating.

I've actually already reviewed his more recent book Show Your Work! that came out after Steal Like an Artist.

The tips are very actionable little steps to help you develop a creative habit, or a habit to think creatively. It offers the tools, the key to the door, but ultimately it's still up to you to create your own work, your art.

I wish there could more more examples of the end product, like actual interviews with creative people and stuff like that. But mostly Austin Kleon seems to write from his own experiences. He offers very sound advice because most processes he mentioned are what I've observed as common traits in creative people, either from the biographies I read or from what I've seen.

It's a rather small squarish book with 160 pages. I finished reading it in one go while commuting on train to work. This book is about following through so just reading it isn't going to help boost creativity. If you're a procrastinator then this book may give you a kickstart.

The book's a New York Times Bestseller at there are close to a thousand reviews on Amazon already. I recommend getting the Kindle version since it's mostly text and the pictures included are for illustrative purposes only.

4 out of 5 stars.

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