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Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating. In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life. The c Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating. In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life. The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. Keep Going celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”). Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them. Keep Going and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.  


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Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating. In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life. The c Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating. In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life. The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. Keep Going celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”). Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them. Keep Going and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.  

30 review for Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    I love me some Klein motivation! While “Show Your Work” is still my favourite of this trilogy, many of the things in this book resonated with me. The two things I’ve taken away from it the most are: 1/ At the end of a day be happy with what you accomplished and don’t beat yourself up for what you didn’t finish, and 2/ it’s important to take note of what we pay attention to... those are the things we care about, that excite us, and should be the things we put our energies into! We should also be I love me some Klein motivation! While “Show Your Work” is still my favourite of this trilogy, many of the things in this book resonated with me. The two things I’ve taken away from it the most are: 1/ At the end of a day be happy with what you accomplished and don’t beat yourself up for what you didn’t finish, and 2/ it’s important to take note of what we pay attention to... those are the things we care about, that excite us, and should be the things we put our energies into! We should also be careful not to let those things become mindless things (like instagram) that we don’t actually even care about that much!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Skyler Autumn

    5 Stars What a time to read this book, am I right? With Covid-19 casting a cloud of doom and gloom on our lives its no wonder that I can't fathom being creative. The most I can do is go from one screen to another with what feels like the emotional equivalent of elephant standing on my heart. These are dark times people. Mentally at least, and definitely economically. Uncertainty looms at every corner and we're afraid to turn on the news incase it gives us another log to throw on our fire of mis 5 Stars What a time to read this book, am I right? With Covid-19 casting a cloud of doom and gloom on our lives its no wonder that I can't fathom being creative. The most I can do is go from one screen to another with what feels like the emotional equivalent of elephant standing on my heart. These are dark times people. Mentally at least, and definitely economically. Uncertainty looms at every corner and we're afraid to turn on the news incase it gives us another log to throw on our fire of misery and despair. So when my Mother gifted me this book after keenly observing my lack of enthusiasm for creating and my use of food to fill that void (The Covid 15 pounds is a thing people). I held onto it like a life preserver. I devoured it and was so overcome with inspiration and positivity that I began implementing changes in my life within the hour after finishing this book. Keep Going, is small and easy read that has now become a permanent fixture on my night stand. It is the holy bible for creatives like the commandments re-read it, quote it, and live by it. It is short, sweet and full of amazing pieces of wisdom and guidance that never dances on the line of patronizing like so many of the classified "self help" books. It's about enriching your life with creativity not profiting on it, not hitting deadlines, or mentally (and maybe physically) beating yourself up for not being productive enough. What does that even mean? When did we all become so capitalist even with our own interests? This book takes it back to when you just carved out some time to enjoy being creative. No endgames, no goals. Just you and your passion. I don't know about you but I needed that reminder. This book is for anyone that wants to introduce a little creativity to their lives; whether tinkering with the idea of learning to sketch, or a seasoned writer who has found their once love for the craft has turned into a relentless chore. Either reigniting or starting off, this book will make you realize how important art is for your soul.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wolak

    Austin Kleon's books are injections of motivation laced with sanity. A reminder that you don't need anyone's permission to do what you want to do, you just need to keep on your path. I'm sure I'll read this one 10 more times this year. Simple and highly inspirational. I love that he's shredding the idea that one's passion or hobby should be turned into a vehicle to make money. Austin Kleon's books are injections of motivation laced with sanity. A reminder that you don't need anyone's permission to do what you want to do, you just need to keep on your path. I'm sure I'll read this one 10 more times this year. Simple and highly inspirational. I love that he's shredding the idea that one's passion or hobby should be turned into a vehicle to make money.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juan Rodríguez

    Austin says he wrote this book because he needed to read it. He is certainly not the only one; this book is an inspiration to any of us who want to live a creative life and let, well, life get in the way. It's practical, it's funny, it's inspirational, it's like a friend of yours wrote a book and you're having an awesome time reading it. Austin says he wrote this book because he needed to read it. He is certainly not the only one; this book is an inspiration to any of us who want to live a creative life and let, well, life get in the way. It's practical, it's funny, it's inspirational, it's like a friend of yours wrote a book and you're having an awesome time reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    A new book from Austin Kleon about how to stay creative. I am taking away a lot from this book: (1) "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard (2) Make lists. (3) Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself. (4) Build a bliss station. (5) Play. (6) Slow down. (7) I subscribed to Kleon's weekly newsletter. (8) I hope to go see him when he visits Houston soon. A new book from Austin Kleon about how to stay creative. I am taking away a lot from this book: (1) "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard (2) Make lists. (3) Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself. (4) Build a bliss station. (5) Play. (6) Slow down. (7) I subscribed to Kleon's weekly newsletter. (8) I hope to go see him when he visits Houston soon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephy Simon

    Ok this is the second book by Kleon that I'm reading. Oh God! This man speaks my heart out. Don't be fooled by the title and consider that this book is something made for a "creative person". This is all about how to be creative in everything. Ok this is the second book by Kleon that I'm reading. Oh God! This man speaks my heart out. Don't be fooled by the title and consider that this book is something made for a "creative person". This is all about how to be creative in everything.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    "The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters." There are some people who read widely and distill some of humanity's accumulated wisdom into digestible nuggets. Austin Kleon is one such person. This little book is a gentle reminder of things we already know, and yet often do not do. Whether you think of yourself as creative or not (and you so are), pick this one up and get your mojo on. This is one I wi "The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters." There are some people who read widely and distill some of humanity's accumulated wisdom into digestible nuggets. Austin Kleon is one such person. This little book is a gentle reminder of things we already know, and yet often do not do. Whether you think of yourself as creative or not (and you so are), pick this one up and get your mojo on. This is one I will probably dip into again every now and then.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Renégade ♥

    4 1/2 to 5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chico

    Currently reading and loving every second of it! Super inspiring & thought-provoking!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I got a letter of rejection yesterday. It's interesting to note where my mind goes when getting these letters. Sometimes it lights a fire in me, that I must get better or produce more! But other times, like this time, it kills my motivation. Right now I'm at this beautiful hotel in Oregon. It's based on wonderful authors and has a determination to bring it's inhabitants into retreat. Here, I am forced to consider my own mind in rejection. And I needed help. Was it fate that made me pick up this b I got a letter of rejection yesterday. It's interesting to note where my mind goes when getting these letters. Sometimes it lights a fire in me, that I must get better or produce more! But other times, like this time, it kills my motivation. Right now I'm at this beautiful hotel in Oregon. It's based on wonderful authors and has a determination to bring it's inhabitants into retreat. Here, I am forced to consider my own mind in rejection. And I needed help. Was it fate that made me pick up this book in Powells on our drive down? Did my subconscious know that if things didn't turn out the way I was hoping that I would need a pick-me-up? Whatever it was, Keep Going by Austin Kleon has lifted my spirits considerably. There is a quote I wanted to share from the book: "To have hope, you must acknowledge that you don't know everything and you don't know what's going to happen. That's the only way to keep going and the only way to keep making art: to be open to possibility and allow yourself to be changed." p. 135 In a few hours I'll make my way back to Seattle and I'm excited to brainstorm what my next steps will be. If you need some motivation too- I would highly recommend this book. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicolet Groen

    I've seen Austin Kleon's books hundreds of times when finding my next book to read and I must admit; I never felt the urge to buy and or read one. NetGalley gave me the opportunity to review this book as an educator and decided to give it a go. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It's a short book with an incredible amount of depth. As a photographer en photography educator, I read my fair share of books from self-help and happiness to entrepreneurship and more photography-related writings. This bo I've seen Austin Kleon's books hundreds of times when finding my next book to read and I must admit; I never felt the urge to buy and or read one. NetGalley gave me the opportunity to review this book as an educator and decided to give it a go. Once I started, I couldn't stop. It's a short book with an incredible amount of depth. As a photographer en photography educator, I read my fair share of books from self-help and happiness to entrepreneurship and more photography-related writings. This book fits the category -Inspirational self-help for want to be happy, creative people - that not necessarily need to monetize their work- to create a fulfilling life. To be short; it captures all aspects of life in bite-sized chapters. It's not a book for the bookshelves; it's one to keep on your desk and flip through when you need some inspiration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I LOVED this! It’s full of helpful tips to harness your creativity but also offers a piece of comfort. I feel like it’s one of those books that I will keep going back to & rereading often. I love the cover & the font used. The little comics are quirky and I enjoyed the quotes. I’d definitely gift this to people!

  13. 5 out of 5

    صفية

    A book about hope... Hope that it's okay to have more time, be selfish, isolate yourself (not eternally that is) ... etc ... Many times I sent the writer virtual hugs for sharing his thoughts ... Thank You ! I guess that this should be your go to writer if you are interested in making art, understanding creativity (first-hand) or simply aspiring to live a fuller life. I believe that being an artist is not tied to a specific type/category of disciplines, rather it's just hitting a sort of "nirvana" A book about hope... Hope that it's okay to have more time, be selfish, isolate yourself (not eternally that is) ... etc ... Many times I sent the writer virtual hugs for sharing his thoughts ... Thank You ! I guess that this should be your go to writer if you are interested in making art, understanding creativity (first-hand) or simply aspiring to live a fuller life. I believe that being an artist is not tied to a specific type/category of disciplines, rather it's just hitting a sort of "nirvana" as you go about doing your job, something you love to do, or simply something you do ... Because, like it or not we all at some point find the most ridicule job or that part of the job we hate so bad interesting... And that's another lesson to keeping your horizons open, and instead of rushing to qualify things take time to savour them. Anyway, was a great one, short and fun! 100000% agreed : make art in order to enhance our life quality and this world better not the reverse... من كان منكم يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فليقل خيرا أو ليصمت

  14. 5 out of 5

    Randa Mashnouk

    It's a self-help/pep talk kind of book for anyone who enjoys doing creative things. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with books that give pep-talks, I find this one quite interesting and helpful. Not the kind of "look yourself in the mirror and repeat (I'm awesome) until you become one," but practical tips and stories, which we actually do most of the time but don't know how beneficial they are for the creative process and progress. Some excerpts: • “What would you do if you were stuck It's a self-help/pep talk kind of book for anyone who enjoys doing creative things. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with books that give pep-talks, I find this one quite interesting and helpful. Not the kind of "look yourself in the mirror and repeat (I'm awesome) until you become one," but practical tips and stories, which we actually do most of the time but don't know how beneficial they are for the creative process and progress. Some excerpts: • “What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” It’s the question Phil has to answer to advance the plot of the movie, but it’s also the question we have to answer to advance the plot of our lives. I think how you answer this question is your art. • His father convinced him that if he laid the “bad” drawings flat instead of crumpling them up, he could fit more of them in the wastebasket. After his father died, Chan found a folder labeled “Peter” in his father’s possessions. When he looked inside, it was full of his old, discarded drawings. His father had snuck into his room and plucked the drawings he thought were worth saving from the wastebasket. Every day is like a blank page: When you’re finished filling it, you can save it, you can crumple it up, or you can slide it into the recycling bin and let it be. Only time will tell you what it was worth. • If we didn’t believe that we could be a little better in our art than we are in our lives, then what, really, would be the point of art? • If you’re having trouble finding people to think with, seek out the dead. They have a lot to say and they are excellent listeners. Read old books. Human beings have been around for a long time, and almost every problem you have has probably been written about by some other human living hundreds if not thousands of years before you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emelie Gaughan

    I was on a roll on this first day of the year and was really feeling the non-fiction, inspirational, short books on my shelf. Last year, I was began teaching a class on Creativity in the Organization as a part of the Leadership training that all of our employees attend at the County. So, when I found out that Austin Kleon, the author of Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work, had recently published a book on this topic, I was all over it! The book is broken down into 10 main suggestions with ab I was on a roll on this first day of the year and was really feeling the non-fiction, inspirational, short books on my shelf. Last year, I was began teaching a class on Creativity in the Organization as a part of the Leadership training that all of our employees attend at the County. So, when I found out that Austin Kleon, the author of Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work, had recently published a book on this topic, I was all over it! The book is broken down into 10 main suggestions with about 3-4 ideas branching off from each. I wouldn't describe it as an activity book, but more of a collection of thoughts or tips that prompt you to reevaluate how you can spend your time, how you look at the world, and how to find greater value in yourself through your creative practices. I definitely underlined quite a few passages and found this short book to be interesting, funny and practical. I will definitely be trying out some of his ideas. This book is great for anyone- artist or not. Though it was written by someone with the experience of being both an artist and a writer, his messages about perseverance and time-management can be put to use by everyone. This short book is definitely worth checking out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This is much more of what I needed in my own creative life (or lack thereof) than the previous Kleon book I read, Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered Main takeaways: - The Groundhog Day perspective: "What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?...It's the question we have to answer to advance the plot of our lives." - Verb > Noun: "Let go of the thing you're trying to be (the noun), and foc This is much more of what I needed in my own creative life (or lack thereof) than the previous Kleon book I read, Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered Main takeaways: - The Groundhog Day perspective: "What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?...It's the question we have to answer to advance the plot of our lives." - Verb > Noun: "Let go of the thing you're trying to be (the noun), and focus on the actual work you need to be doing (the verb)." - Creativity has seasons: "Whether it will ever be recognizable by anyone else I don't know, but I feel that great new things are happening very quietly inside of me. And I know these things have a way, like the maple tree, of finally bursting out in some form." - Corita Kent

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rehan Abd Jamil

    A must-read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashita Thakur

    I was lingering between a 4 and a 5 star, just wondering how much I enjoyed this and would I even retain it in the long term or come back to it? But that’s the beauty of Kleon’s series, I suppose. You can read them in their entirety or simply pick out pages and browse through them randomly before you sleep. Extremely readable, poignant in its simplicity and creatively charged.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cauchy09

    Good pithy reminders on how to clear nonsense out of life and make room for more good stuff.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pranjal Kumar Nandi

    And then, another mind refreshing book from Austin Kleon. His book is always an easy reading yet a strong one. This book is nicely organized. The non-traditional representation of contents is the unique side of Kleon's book. Like Kleon tells about himself that he is a writer who draws. And then, another mind refreshing book from Austin Kleon. His book is always an easy reading yet a strong one. This book is nicely organized. The non-traditional representation of contents is the unique side of Kleon's book. Like Kleon tells about himself that he is a writer who draws.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Khansaa

    I love how this book makes me feel like a human. Most "motivational" books treat you like a robot, like how to be productive all the time. This book? It will tell you to take a nap and go easy on your life. It will guide you to enjoy the process and worry less about getting there. I love how this book makes me feel like a human. Most "motivational" books treat you like a robot, like how to be productive all the time. This book? It will tell you to take a nap and go easy on your life. It will guide you to enjoy the process and worry less about getting there.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    A motivational/best practices guide for artists and writers. Not quite as “game changing” as his first book, though there’s a lot to like here.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jessica G

    I am IN LOVE with this book. It could very easily end up being my favourite book of the year, even at this early stage. I think there's something about the world that we live in that just needs more positivity. More hope. And somehow in the short 200 or so pages in 'Keep Going' I feel revived and ready to take on the world anew. I tend not to take these sorts of tip/self-help books so seriously, but THIS? My folks, THIS was brilliant. I feel so enlightened and inspired by not only Austin's words b I am IN LOVE with this book. It could very easily end up being my favourite book of the year, even at this early stage. I think there's something about the world that we live in that just needs more positivity. More hope. And somehow in the short 200 or so pages in 'Keep Going' I feel revived and ready to take on the world anew. I tend not to take these sorts of tip/self-help books so seriously, but THIS? My folks, THIS was brilliant. I feel so enlightened and inspired by not only Austin's words but all of the quotes that he included. I'm a quotes person, I am, but these were so meaningful that I'm here clicking my fingers and applauding like I was watching slam poetry. Plus all of the anecdotes of all the creatives - writers, artists, etc. were AH-mazing. You know how people often ask you what is the one book you would recommend to EVERYONE? Y'all. This is the one. I feel particularly inspired to hand a copy to all the creative people in my life and also all of those who are in year 12 and beginning university. This was soul food and my soul is now FULL. Needless to say, when this book hits the shelves I will be buying multiple copies. Austin Kleon, sir, you have yourself a new fan.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate Robertson

    I loved this book. Probably even more than Steal Like An Artist. It's all about how to Keep going with a creative life, hence the title. I love Austin's clear approach and fabulous advice. There are so many gems in this little book that after that first read through I will be back at it again. I've been taking a social media break and now that I am back I don't know if I want to be. This little book gave me such great advice on navigating it all and still doing your own art. Ways to unplug and d I loved this book. Probably even more than Steal Like An Artist. It's all about how to Keep going with a creative life, hence the title. I love Austin's clear approach and fabulous advice. There are so many gems in this little book that after that first read through I will be back at it again. I've been taking a social media break and now that I am back I don't know if I want to be. This little book gave me such great advice on navigating it all and still doing your own art. Ways to unplug and do your work and to keep going. I thought perhaps it would be filled with things that I already do but no it wasn't. I came away with passion for my work and most of all HOPE. Thanks Austin your book is just what I needed to see at this time in my life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    One of those books you should have always on your night-stand to (re)read a little bit every day. This is the first book by Austin Kleon that I read, and I absolutely recommend it, specially if you are an artist of any kind (although I found that some of the advice or experiencies he shared were easier to relate to if you work with your hands, drawing, moulding, doing collage...). Along with tips for artists, there are also general life recommendations (less screens, walk more to think better!), a One of those books you should have always on your night-stand to (re)read a little bit every day. This is the first book by Austin Kleon that I read, and I absolutely recommend it, specially if you are an artist of any kind (although I found that some of the advice or experiencies he shared were easier to relate to if you work with your hands, drawing, moulding, doing collage...). Along with tips for artists, there are also general life recommendations (less screens, walk more to think better!), and inspiring and motivating thoughts.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caiti S

    3.5 stars. Similar in style, tone, and content to Kleon's previous two books, but updated to feel extremely relevant in 2019. He talks about creating art when you feel hopeless, and the challenge of creating in a digital world full of distractions and constant feedback in the form of likes and followers. Not revolutionary but good and timely reminders. 3.5 stars. Similar in style, tone, and content to Kleon's previous two books, but updated to feel extremely relevant in 2019. He talks about creating art when you feel hopeless, and the challenge of creating in a digital world full of distractions and constant feedback in the form of likes and followers. Not revolutionary but good and timely reminders.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    The author notes at some point during this book that he began this particular book with a series of blog posts relating to creativity, and that can easily be believed.  As a mixture of text with some graphic elements to spice up the materials, the author has clearly done a good job at winning over the audience with a mixture of sound advice and good humor.  As someone who has read a lot of books on creativity I can say that most of these books are not very enjoyable to read, not least because of The author notes at some point during this book that he began this particular book with a series of blog posts relating to creativity, and that can easily be believed.  As a mixture of text with some graphic elements to spice up the materials, the author has clearly done a good job at winning over the audience with a mixture of sound advice and good humor.  As someone who has read a lot of books on creativity I can say that most of these books are not very enjoyable to read, not least because of the assumptions and worldviews that people bring to the matter of creativity that serve to be at best problematic.  This book, though, is an example of how to succeed at creativity and at writing about it through encouragement rather than flattery.  The author obviously has a perspective and it's not one I entirely agree with, but that is to be expected, and the author's general focus on encouraging people to be creative despite changes in moods and feelings is one that I appreciate and encourage others to read and to enjoy and appropriate as well in their own lives. This book is about 200 pages long and is divided into ten chapters, mostly with funny names that deal with somewhat dark truths about creativity.  The author begins with an introduction that tells the reader he wrote the book because he needed to read it, which is a surprisingly common reason to write a book.  After that the author looks at every day being Groundhog Day as a reminder of the fresh start that we get to work out the same issues over and over again (1) as well as the importance of building a bliss station that encourages one's creativity (2).  After that the author urges action rather than categorizing (3) and the importance of making gifts for others to maintain enthusiasm for creating (4).  The author discusses how extra attention makes things extraordinary (5) and that the art monsters of the evils must be slain (6).  The author says that one is allowed to change one's mind (7) and that tidying up can be a good thing to do when one doesn't know what else to do (8).  Finally, the book ends with chapters that discuss how demons hate fresh hair (9) and that it is important to plant one's garden (10) and view creativity in an organic way. It can be tough for people to create when things are going badly.  I tend to notice for myself that unless I am seriously depressed I can create pretty consistently as I have habits that help me in that regard on a regular basis.  The author appears to recognize that this is a possibility as well and that those who have acquired habits of being creative often do so unless there is some severe difficulty.  On the other hand, there are plenty of people who think that unless they are properly inspired to create something great that they will not create anything at all, not realizing that one cannot create great things without putting a lot of effort into honing one's craft through thick and thin and being able to handle the inspirations that come one's way every now and again.  As the author's focus is on both discipline as well as recovering the open and responsive approach to the world that makes children more creative than adults tend to be, there was a lot to appreciate here.  This is in general an enjoyable work and certainly one of the better books when it comes to the habits it wants to encourage in readers.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Farhan Khalid

    The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, but rather a loop Life is short and art is long Creativity is both about connection and disconnection It’s important to connect with others to be inspired and gather ideas, but it’s important to disconnect from the world and retreat to a place where you can think about those ideas and bring forth something worth sharing with others The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, but rather a loop Life is short and art is long Creativity is both about connection and disconnection It’s important to connect with others to be inspired and gather ideas, but it’s important to disconnect from the world and retreat to a place where you can think about those ideas and bring forth something worth sharing with others The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all political and social life a mass illness – Thomas Merton Keep your eye on your inner world and keep away from ads and idiots and movie stars – Dorothea Tanning Prison is a great set up for making art The phone gives us a lot but it takes away three key elements of discovery: loneliness, uncertainty, and boredom. Those have always been where creative ideas come from – Lynda Barry Build a bliss station, a sacred place or time away from the troubles of the wider world for creative incubation and activity – Joseph Campbell Things are already a mess out there What we need are fewer vandals and more cleanup crews We need art that tidies. Art that mends. Art that repairs The great artists are able to retain the sense of playfulness throughout their careers Art and the artists both suffer most when the artist gets too heavy, too focused on results Don’t make stuff because you want to make money—it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous—because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people—and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that people will notice and like the gifts – John Greene Focus your attention on reaching and connecting with one person. This is the ultimate goal Do things that make you and the people around you come alive If your art is making you and those around you miserable, stop The world doesn’t necessarily need more great artists. It needs more decent human beings The truly prolific artists I know have figured out a daily practice – a repeatable way of working that insulates them from success, failure, and the chaos of the outside world They have all identified what they want to spend their time on, and they work at it every day, no matter what Whether their latest thing is universally rejected, ignored, or acclaimed, they know they’ll still get up tomorrow and do their work Adhere to a routine, not to restrict or confine the creative impulse, but to make sure we set aside a time to set it free If you’re trying to determine what you’ve been trying to say, read through your old journals or work Distill the themes This will give you insight into what you’re trying to say and what you should do next Creativity has seasons You’re not a robot Allow yourself to live and embrace the influences of each season Some days you just have to get rid of as best you can – Nathaniel Hawthorne Taking naps is a wonderful way to tidy up your brain A long walk clears the mind Lots of people want to be the noun without doing the verb They want the job title without the work Let go of that thing you’re trying to be (the noun), and focus on the actual work you need to be doing (the verb) Do what you love + low overhead = a good life The Ordinary + Extra Attention = The Extraordinary If you read old books, you get to add all the years the author lived onto your own life – Seneca

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nikita Garg (thebookelf_)

    I had earlier read Steal like an Artist by the same author and loved every bit of it. Keep Going is a practical, inspiring, humorous and informative guide to how to stay creative in good times or amidst all the chaos and bedlam. I've shared images of a few things that struck a chord with me. Bottom line, do what you love, love what you do, make money or don't make money out of it, it's your choice. But just choose to be happy. If anything you love to do wrecks havoc in your mind, it is NOT worth I had earlier read Steal like an Artist by the same author and loved every bit of it. Keep Going is a practical, inspiring, humorous and informative guide to how to stay creative in good times or amidst all the chaos and bedlam. I've shared images of a few things that struck a chord with me. Bottom line, do what you love, love what you do, make money or don't make money out of it, it's your choice. But just choose to be happy. If anything you love to do wrecks havoc in your mind, it is NOT worth it. As creators, on social media or in the real world, we all seek inspiration, validation and guidance. But the only thing that matters is self-validation. Well, I was really inspired by this book. It is a short 1 hour read and I'd recommend this to anyone who's looking for inspiration or is trying to find their mojo. You will not be disappointed. It is a FEEL GOOD book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Keep Going literally keeps Kleon’s momentum going from the 2 previous books in the “trilogy”. It serves as a tremendous pep talk. While reading I found myself making mental notes about how I need to read this book again soon (and I wasn’t even finished yet). Pick it up, read it all or just a small bit—and then keep going, that’s what it’ll make you want to do.

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