Posted by: daveed | May 18, 2011

Art of the steal

More wise words (and pictures) from cartoonist Austin Kleon. Here Austin recaps a talk he gave about creativity and writing, a kind of illustrated guide, or a manifesto of sorts if you’re into that sort of thing:

  1. Steal like an artist
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to make things
  3. Write the book you want to read
  4. Use your hands
  5. Side projects and hobbies are important
  6. The secret: do good work, then put it where people can see it
  7. Geography is no longer our master
  8. Be nice (the world is a small town)
  9. Be boring (it’s the only way to get work done)
  10. Creativity is subtraction

I loved this list. Austin raises some thought-provoking notions that at first glance seems counter-intuitive. Or even at variance with our often misguided beliefs in what creativity is supposed to be. But creativity thrives in the spaces between what we think we know, in areas that aren’t raked over and made flat, clean and monotonous by too much critique.

I’ve written about his second point before, and I’m taking #4 to heart by making my screenwriting more hands-on meaningful by crafting it around handwritten cards, and taking a step away from the linear,  type-written distance of the computer.

Mr Kleon strikes again. He’s got a great site, a new book and more.

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