Ayer me leí este libro casi de un tirón. En castellano sería: "Robá como un artista. Diez cosas que nadie te dijo acerca de ser creativo". Lo tuve en espera durante varios meses, hasta que llegó el momento de leerlo y sacarle todo el jugo. Debo haber subrayado el 70%. Austin Kleon es un escritor y artista joven, nativo de USA. Otro de sus libros famosos es Newspaper Blackout, el cual reúne poesías que el arma tachando con marcador oraciones de artículos del diario y dejando a la vista solo las palabras que le sirven para su poema.
Por un lado me llenó de satisfacción lo directo y concreto que es para tirar postas, dar consejos y abrir los ojos. Y por otro lado, me gustó verme identificada al notar que ya vengo haciendo varias de las actividades que el sugiere para dejar de dar vueltas, poner la propia creatividad en marcha y HACER COSAS. Steal like an artist me sirvió, inspiró y motivó mil veces más, en pocas hojas, que el místico The artist's way de Julia Cameron y sus 12 semanas de ejercicios.
A continuación les comparto algunas ideas interesantes que destaqué en la lectura, que me parecieron super acertadas.
Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies.
Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away
Read bibliographies. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to. Always be reading.
Carry a notebook and a pen with you wherever you go. Get used to pulling it out and jotting down your thoughts and observations. Copy your favorite passages out of books. Record overheard conversations. Doodle when you’re on the phone.
Keep a swipefile. It’s just what it sounds like—a file to keep track of the stuff you’ve swiped from others. It can be digital or analog—it doesn’t matter what form it takes, as long as it works. You can keep a scrapbook and cut and paste things into it, or you can just take pictures of things with your camera phone.
Don’t Wait Until You Know Who You Are to Get Started.
In my experience, it’s in the act of making things and doing our work that we figure out who we are.
Fake it ’til you make it.
“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.”
We’re talking about practice here, not plagiarism—plagiarism is trying to pass someone else’s work off as your own. Copying is about reverse-engineering. It’s like a mechanic taking apart a car to see how it works.
Remember: Even The Beatles started as a cover band.
Use Your Hands.
The artist Stanley Donwood, who’s made all the album artwork for the band Radiohead, says computers are alienating because they put a sheet of glass between you and whatever is happening. “You never really get to touch anything that you’re doing unless you print it out,” Donwood says.
You don’t need a scientific study (of which there are a few) to tell you that sitting in front of a computer all day is killing you, and killing your work. We need to move, to feel like we’re making something with our bodies, not just our heads.
It wasn’t until I started bringing analog tools back into my process that making things became fun again and my work started to improve.
Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity—what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day, you’ll look back and it will all make sense.
Surround yourself with books and objects that you love. Tape things up on the wall.
“Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity".
You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you.
Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.
You have to find a place that feeds you—creatively, socially, spiritually, and literally.
Establishing and keeping a routine can be even more important than having a lot of time. Inertia is the death of creativity. You have to stay in the groove.
It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom.
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