Share Something Small

I know I’m late to the “OMGoodness, have you heard about Austin Kleon?!” party, but it’s better to be fashionably late than to miss the fun entirely, right? It’s not that I haven’t heard his name floating around over the years, I just hadn’t really identified as an “artist” enough to think his bestseller Steal Like An Artist was intended for me.

“I’m a writer…at best,” I thought to myself. “An artist, though? Definitely not.”

Something, and I honestly don’t remember what it was, got me to land on his blog early last week and I was smitten by this particular post and fell down the Austin Kleon rabbit hole immediately after. So when I took my little guy on a bookstore date last night, I knew that I need to make a Kleon creation mine.

With our purchases in hand, we headed to the cafe to open them up and slurp on bottled root beer. Taking in all the nuggets from Show Your Work!, I mentally scribbled copious notes on creativity, with one particular musing standing out the most…

Kleon encourages the creative to “Share something small every day.”

Such a simple habit really, to share something small. And it’s really got me thinking about how I store up (a.k.a. hoard) all my ideas, resources, and work in my head when it would behoove me to just put it all out into the world instead.

Challenge accepted, Mr. Kleon. And today’s share, quite fittingly is this book.

If you, too, are late to the Austin Kleon party, I’m here to say run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore and dive right in. And then, if you are so inspired, share something small.

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