Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

About Austin Kleon

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Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He is the author of Steal Like an Artist and the found poetry collection Newspaper Blackout (“brilliant,” New York Magazine), and his work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, The Wall Street Journal, and the art website, He speaks about creativity and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin and online at
Published February 28, 2012 by Workman Publishing Company. 160 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Steal Like an Artist, a mash-up of wisdom discovered over a decade of work as a writer and artist is a crash course in creativity based on Kleon’s belief that every original idea has a reference or source.

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