10 ways to stay creative in chaotic times

Whether you’re burned out, starting out, starting over, or even if you’ve had success beyond your wildest dreams, that question always remains: How to keep going? This is a list of 10 things that have worked for me.

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After being a nun in Los Angeles for 30 years, Corita Kent moved to Boston to live quietly and make art. Her apartment had a big bay window with a maple tree out front, and she liked to sit there and observe the tree changing throughout the seasons. …

Often when browsing a blog or Instagram account of one of my favorite writers or artists, I’ll be struck by how entitled some of the fan comments are. I wanted to write down the guidelines above, not as an artist, but as a fan. A few notes:

1) “Give them money” is pretty self explanatory. The Renaissance had to be funded.

2) Credit is always due.

3) Send words of praise and encouragement, sure, but don’t feel that by supporting them you are automatically owed a response, or a personal relationship with them. Let their work be enough for you.

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Austin Kleon

Author of STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST and other books. I make art with words and books with pictures: http://austinkleon.com

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