IÂ haven’tÂ been inspired by much lately in the area of hair, I have so much going on thatÂ doesn’tÂ involve my hair its almost crazy of me to hide it. By hiding it I mean act as if what I want to write about at every moment is hair/hair care and hair related banter. These thoughts lead me to think about creativity and where it comes from and why sometimes it is so difficult to harness it when needed. Then I came across this book based on an article I read online:
The Author argues that everything has almost pretty much been done so why not steal as much as you can to ignite your own creativeÂ genius:
If youâ€™ve got a creative block, the vast and wild frontier that is the Internet is both a blessing and a curse: Though thereâ€™s bound to be something in your infinite scrolling that will spark an idea for a new project, thereâ€™s also the overwhelming sense that everything–every single possible thing–has been done before.
Writer and artistÂ Austin KleonÂ starts out his new book,Â Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, by admitting that yes, itâ€™s true–nothing is original. Accepting that fact, however, is actually one of the first steps to greatness. â€œIf weâ€™re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running from it,â€ he writes, arguing that the idols and ideas you choose to surround yourself with only serve to make your projects more robust. The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleonâ€™s experience learning to walk on his own creative feet, as well as quotes and stories from big names, ranging from Gide to Goethe to Questlove.
I love this list it helps to put my creativity woes into perspective, if ever in a rut you might want to cop that book, it could help.