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“If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.”                                                                                         –Austin Kleon in Steal Like an Artist

Since I have a problem over-buying books (or is it a problem?), I purchased this one without much thought. I didn’t expect this small text to inspire me to create this website and treat myself as a professional, but here we are. In it Kleon writes that a good artist steals from so many places that the material becomes something only they could create. He inspires his readers to do the same (both in the book and in the work he creates).

I know I’ve stolen many things over the years, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes knowing full well that I was restating an I idea I’d heard from some half-remembered piece. It’s impossible to be entirely original. As Kleon points out, “nothing comes from nowhere.” So, I decided to thank all my creative influences (and there really are so many) by creating this page. It’s where I provide material I want you to steal (in the artistic sense). I provide you with book recommendations, writing prompts, and general ideas I think are worth sharing. I encourage you to take them and use them as you will.

Go ahead and read, write, or create something only you can.

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