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 about creativity and the writing life.
Austin is the author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!. They’re guides The Writer Files host Kelton Reid recommends 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’s 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 second part of this two-part file, host Kelton Reid and Austin Kleon discuss:
- Is “imagination” overrated?
- A simpler definition of creativity
- Why you should write for just one person
- How minimizing distractions can help your creativity
- Why your audience is your most valuable asset
- Is being boring the key to productivity?
- The importance of being great at both art and life
- Why you need to pick your partners carefully
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