Unlock Your Creativity With This Wonderful Book!

Inspiration from the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST

I once had an argument about creativity with someone I once knew. He said that there is no such thing as creativity. I argued the point 6 ways to Sunday. But he remained adamant. His main point was that everything has already been done even if it was done by the ancient Romans. My main point was that didn’t matter because you didn’t know that ancient Roman and so you were able to be creative. In the end we agreed to disagree but I knew in my heart that creativity is a real thing.

Then I met my husband, who stated early on in our relationship, “If I had a boat I would name it Creativity.” I loved it! (and him!)

And yet when asked the question, “How are you creative?” my answer always was, “Oh, I’m not creative.” Because to me creativity = being able to draw. And I can’t draw. Then one day my middle child once told me, “You are creative mom. Look at your photography!” That remark totally changed me. My whole creative world has opened up thanks to my husband and three children who are extremely creative in many ways!

Since then I have pursued all my creative dreams from the photography he was talking about to writing…and now painting or any little projects that come my way. It doesn’t matter if the end product good or bad. It’s the process!

Then today I read this great little book this morning over coffee. It has inspired my creative process even more.

Great book I found at a second hand shop today.

Austin Kleon has 10 short chapters filled with wisdom to his younger self. In doing so he gives all his readers advice about how to start or change or inspire your creative life. It’s great advice for you and it’s great advice for your children or the people in your life.

From Amazon: 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, collect 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.

Early this morning I did a quick read through. Then I did another quick read aloud with my husband over coffee. Now I’m read again and taking notes. I love it and will buy this inspirational book for my creative friends – which is everyone! Now don’t say “I’m not creative!” because I know you are. I’ll be giving away my copy of the book. Just let me know below in the comments how you’re creative and I’ll enter your name in the giveaway!

Thanks Austin! And you can check out Austin’s website here.

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8 Responses to Unlock Your Creativity With This Wonderful Book!

  1. Looks like a mustread, Betsy. Thanks for telling us about it.


  2. Sally Meyers says:

    I, like you, get much joy from taking photos but also joy in the creativity of beautifying home and garden. 🌺🌻🌼


  3. Heidi says:

    So many ways to be creative… I love to buy for and send care packages to my nieces and nephews in college. It is fun to be creative in the hunt and thinking of items to send. I also love to make greeting cards… fun paper, great quotes. I have fallen a bit behind, but I was on a roll creating annual photo books. My mother-in-law (who is a true artist), loves to say “Oh, you could do that.” when we see interesting creations! It has had an effect and encourages me to try new things!


  4. Betsy,
    Just like you, I didn’t think I was creative because I didn’t draw! I’m so glad we’ve both discovered our creativity, it’s so connected to our life force. This sounds like a terrific little book. Anything that amplifies our creativity further has got to be a good thing.


  5. Sounds like a good one, Betsy. When I read The Artist’s Way, it did the same for me. The book made me realize I could be creative, even though I can’t draw either.


  6. Elle Sommer says:

    So funny how we compartmentalize creativity Betsy. And I bet we all do it to some degree or another, until we wake up, and then we stop!

    If we could stop labelling things we’d probably find life would flow so much more easily and our creative spark would be given room to burst into a roaring flame. In whatever arena it chose to show up.

    Lots of food for thought here. Thank you for sharing. 🙂


  7. Love the energy of this post, the book and YOU ….you creative little angel 🙂
    Have missed your posts…so happy to have you back!!
    xoxo, Z~


  8. Angela says:

    I love this Betsy!!!

    I love to make cards (stamping)!! Unfortunately I don’t do enough of this, but need to start making time!

    I love making new essential oil creations…soap, hand sanitizer, etc.

    I also feel creative when I am in the garden and in the kitchen! I love to try new recipes.

    Thank you again for your blogs, they always get me thinking!


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