Austin Kleon

I make art with words and books with pictures. Author of STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST, NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT, and SHOW YOUR WORK! http://showyrwork.com


10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

Lessons from my book ‘Show Your Work!’


10 things I learned while writing my last book

Lessons learned by a third-time author, first-time parent.

My third book Show Your Work! came out a year ago. I kept a


People you follow

How I use Twitter to investigate new-to-me bits of culture

When you discover a new-to-you piece of culture that you want to investigate, say, a new artist…


33 thoughts on reading

(A manifesto of sorts.)


  1. I will make time for reading, the way I make time for meals, or brushing my teeth.

Publications edited by Austin Kleon

Sharing the creative process and bonus material from my new book.


Making a Mark

Why we need a new metaphor


Why “make your mark” is the wrong metaphor

And why we need a new one


Newspaper + marker = poetry

The story behind my newspaper blackout poems


Every morning I try to pick up a newspaper and a Sharpie marker, and I make one of my…


10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

Lessons from my book ‘Show Your Work!’


No more guilty pleasures!

If you like something, like it.


“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. That’s what’s…

The Risks Worth Taking

Be cautious. Be smart. Save danger for your work. 


One of my least favorite quotes on creativity comes courtesy of ad man George Lois:


Credit is always due.

When you share the work of others, it’s your duty to make sure the creators of the work get proper credit.



Something small, every day.

How to make more work this year


It takes time to do anything worthwhile, but thankfully, we don’t need it all in one chunk. So this year…