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Review: 'Show Your Work', By Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon's first book 'Steal Like an Artist' a New York Time's bestseller was a quirky book which helped people become more creative. His new book takes it one step farther and offers artists, writers and other creative types on how you how to get noticed in a crowd. Kleon says, "It is about getting found by being findable, about using the network instead of wasting time networking."

The time for an artist to get noticed is now
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'Show Your Work 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered' is filled with a lot of useful information. The key is to search the pages as you read for the little nuggets of information is there but not always so obvious. Some of the information jumps out at you like the title of Chapter 1, "You Don't Have to be a Genius," which helps you to understand that creativity is best served as a process with other people. Kleon says to get the juices flowing join a writing group, take a drawing. Do whatever it takes to be creative with other people.

Other chapter titles include, "Think Process," in which Kleon explains how the creative type needs to think more of the verb of the art form rather than the noun of the art form. In short be the artist and create not be the artist just to say you're the artist. There is Chapter 6 entitled, "Teach What You Know," where Kleon talks about using your skills to help others learn. He talks of using such sites as 'You Tube' in order to post videos explaining in detail a process such how you write or paint a picture.

My favorite chapter is number four, "Open Up Your Cabinet of Curiosities." In the chapter Kleon talks of seeking out inspiration for work wherever you can find. He calls it "dumpster diving," through other people's stuff.

The main point to the whole book is in order to get noticed an artist or writer you must be willing to go the extra mile to insure your work is the best you can produce, then seek out every opportunity to get work gets noticed. This means doing whatever it takes, starting a blog, teaching a class joining a group, shouting from the rooftop, whatever.

While the only drawback is the book is not an in depth guide to writing or the marketing your work it is a worthwhile addition to any creative types bookshelf.

Here's to you reading this book and then someday getting noticed.

Read Austin Kleon's other book, 'Steal Like an Artist'

Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 6, 2014).
Language: English
ASIN: B00GU2RGGI