First, he told us how to ‘steal’ to get creative, then how to share our creativity with the world. In his new book, Keep Going → 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad,
the self-proclaimed ‘writer who draws’ shares tricks he’s picked up during his creative evolution to keep those juices flowing when you feel you’re running low.
In the dynamic world of creative professionals, it’s easy to get stuck on the proverbial refresh button. For Kleon, every day is Groundhog Day, and he stresses starting fresh every day as if you were TV weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day
, the popular movie starring Bill Murray. By insulating your creative work bubble from success or failure, you can eliminate the fear or chance of success and failure every day, leaving you with whatever you can accomplish in a day.
From collage-making to planting gardens, Kleon explains tangible steps you can take to wade through your brainwaves and into new facets of your imagination. He urges us to ‘slay the art monsters’ or forget the noun and do the verb. He even suggests tidying up when you’re feeling moments of doubt before a deadline.
Kleon is a believer of using your head and your hands to create art. Even if you don’t know what or why you’re putting something on paper, to go through the action of putting it on paper is crucial to creating.
If you still find yourself captive to a creative block, the Library can help with that. We have Kleon’s work on our shelves, or you can stop by one of our Makerspace
labs and make something, anything you can think of. Record music or animate your work and reset your creative brainwaves.
Give Kleon’s other books a try before joining us for his visit
to Central Library on April 16 at 6 p.m. Learn more about Kleon or read his daily blogs at austinkleon.com
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