This entry may be horribly incongruent & scattered, and I apologize for that. Coffee & stuff. Also typos.
I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity lately. I’ve been thinking about where it comes from, how to stimulate it, how to harness it… all kinds of things. This has led me to reading interesting articles & books, to watching YouTube videos, to drawing, to writing, to creating music. I tend to post a lot of these things I’m doing online. Sharing them with the public as if they should have some kind of interest. Only after reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work, did I realize that that has somehow become a weird part of my creative process…
Early in the book, Kleon states:
Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built sharing into their routine. These people aren’t schmoozing at cocktail parties; they’re too busy for that. They’re cranking away in their studios, their laboratories, or their cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and hoarding their work, they’re open about what they’re working on, and they’re consistently posting bits and pieces of their work, their ideas, and what they’re learning online. Instead of wasting their time “networking,” they’re taking advantage of the network. By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it – for fellowship, feedback, or patronage.
Now, reading that alone … Keep Reading