Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative In Good Times and Bad

The book everyone needs to read. Austin Kleon seems to know just what creatives want and need to hear at any given time. Mostly because he is in the trenches with us trying to figure it all out too. Reading his books is like bouncing ideas around with a good friend. It is rather one sided though. 🙂

I requested this book from my library and it was in my inbox this morning much earlier than when Amazon will deliver my print copy this afternoon. I don’t feel like waiting to review/post after my quick five a.m. read, so please excuse the screen shot images. These are my stand out very first impressions:

  • Permission to not be connected at all times. You may not realize how much you need to hear that. Those notifications are the enemy of your creative time.
  • Bliss Station? I’ve read The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and a lot of of what David Thoreau has to say and missed this concept in all the places it is mentioned. You’ll need to pick up Keep Going to get Austin’s entire take on the concept but I’ve created a spot like that in my home without realizing that’s what I was doing. I call it my writing nest, but it is a bliss station and my alone time in it is the best time of my day.
  • Point 7: You are allowed to Change Your Mind. Even if you don’t have an artist page social media expects you to be on brand. It’s okay to change your mind about things, have different interests, be off-brand, off line.

This book earns a complete and total thumbs up from me. I may edit and add more thoughts later, but I wanted to get my initial thoughts posted first thing this morning. So many great ideas for what to do when you get stuck, and how to go on creating while your life unfolds around you.

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon

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