New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” by The Atlantic Magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files to chat with me about creativity and the writing life.
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Austin is the author of three illustrated books — Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work! — guides I recommend to all writers seeking insights for tapping into your endless reserves of creativity and innovation.
In addition to being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Kleon speaks about “creativity in the digital age” for organizations as varied as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.
In the first part of this two-part file, Austin Kleon and I discuss:
Why You Should Read More Than You Write
How a Paper Dictionary Can Improve Your Writing
The Difference Between Little Writing and Big Writing
Why You Should Research Out in the Open
How Your Daily Ritual Can Save You from Failure
3 Symptoms of Writer’s Block and How to Cure Them
Why You Should Print Your Work and Read It Aloud
How to Harness the Power of Productive Procrastination
Listen to The Writer Files below …How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes, Part One
The Show Notes
Here’s How Austin Kleon Writes
Clive Thompson, “The Pencil and the Keyboard: How The Way You Write Changes the Way You Think”
Elizabeth Gilbert: “Your elusive creative genius”
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
Austin Kleon on Instagram
Austin Kleon on Twitter
Kelton Reid on Twitter
Coming soon …