Book Review: Steal Like an Artist

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I confess:

I waited to read Steal Like an Artist because I (incorrectly) assumed it was just another book about creativity. I’ve read so many books that claim to give me the skills/habits/tools/routines I “need” to become a highly-successful creative being. I’ve read so many of them that now the entire genre of creativity books makes me nervous.

I was mistaken.

I shouldn’t have waited this long. In fact, I shouldn’t have waited at all.

With a no-nonsense approach to creativity (and practical experience to back his claims), Austin Kleon has created a list of tactics for recognizing creativity and using it to your advantage. But they’re not just things for you to do. They’re not exercises, or worksheets, or adventures. They’re just, well, life.


A list of ten suggestions, crafted for a speech given at a community college. Simple, forthright ideas. Nothing fancy. And yet …

Right now my world is undergoing an incredible series of changes. In the midst of a new relationship and adventures in housing, I’ve discovered a completely new way of approaching the work I want to be doing in the world, finding ways to use my natural talents for awesome success, and recognizing that sometimes the simplest things are the best things to do.

I ordered Steal Like an Artist from the library on a whim. I’ll be ordering a copy for my desk this week. It isn’t just the basic reminders for daily living, but it’s the black-and-white presence of those reminders in my world.

As I continue to accept that my world is exactly what I make it, this reminds me how to make the world exactly how I want it to be.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Steal Like an Artist

  1. Please could the writer of the review go into more detail about her thoughts on this book? I expected to learn details of the book, maybe exerpts from a few pages. This review really tells me nothing. It would be so good to learn more. Thanks.

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