I don’t actually agree with all of these points but, for the most part, this video has it right. If you want to be creative, to be a producer, you need to do these things.
The list according to the video:
02. CARRY A NOTEBOOK EVERYWHERE
03. TRY FREE WRITING
04. GET AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER
05. QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP
06. TAKE BREAKS
07. SING IN THE SHOWER
08. DRINK COFFEE
09. LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC
10. BE OPEN
11. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE
12. GET FEEDBACK
14. DON’T GIVE UP
15. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
16. ALLOW YOURSELF TO MAKE MISTAKES
17. GO SOMEWHERE NEW
18. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
19. GET LOTS OF THE REST
20. TAKE RISKS
21. BREAK THE RULES
22. DON’T FORCE IT
23. READ A PAGE OF THE DICTIONARY
24. CREATE A FRAMEWORK
25. STOP TRYING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE’S PERFECT
26. GOT AN IDEA ? WRITE IT DOWN
27. CLEAN YOUR WORKSPACE
28. HAVE FUN
29. FINISH SOMETHING[/spoiler]
by Austin Kleon
An awesome set of rules for writers, artists, and any kind of creative type. Here is a quick rune down of the rules but you really should click on the link above and read all of Austin’s Commentary.
1. Steal Like An Artist.
2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
3. Write the book you want to read
4. Use your hands
5. Side projects and hobbies are important
6. The secret: do good work and put ti where people can see it.
7. Geography is no longer our master.
8. Be Nice. The world is a small town.
9. Be Boring. It’s the only way to get work done.
10. Creativity is subtraction.
An excellently given speech on creativity and the world wide public education system by Sir Ken Robinson. It is a TED talk which, if you aren’t familiar with, is a video of various speeches given at one of two conferences who’s goal is to spread ideas.
I posted this video because I agree. Whole heartedly, with everything Sir Ken said. I had come to some of his conclusions myself over the past few years such as how adults are afraid to fail and that creativity is restricted by knowledge. In my own attempts at becoming a writer, I have come to battle some of these ideas.
And then there is art. Art has always been something that was in me from a little kid but looking back, there were many attempts at fostering it, but not nearly as many as compared to fostering the standard academics. I don’t begrudge the system for this but it does make me wonder, with my love of comics, might I have become an artist?
And then I stop. And I realize that I am hardly in the last years of my life. Why do I have to think in terms of “might have become?”. No, the question should be, can I still become an artist? But the answer to that question is almost always yes. I still have hands and I am not scraping to make ends meat. I have time. So what is the real question? The real question is, will I be an artist?
And I don’t know. Right now I am focusing on becoming a writer. Perhaps later I will refocus, or split my focus.
So I challenge you today. Go do something wrong and see if inspires you.
And if you liked the above video, here is a follow up.