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Review of “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kl ...

Review of “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon

Sep 06, 2023

In the book “Show Your Work!” Austin Kleon presents a compelling argument for the modern creator, emphasising the need to share the creative process rather than just the end product. Kleon delves deep into the art of getting noticed in a noisy world.

At its core, “Show Your Work!” encourages artists, writers, and creators to be more open about their processes, fostering community and collaboration. It’s a far cry from the stereotypical, reclusive artist locked away in a studio. Instead, Kleon promotes a sense of transparency, suggesting that when creators share their journey, they not only build an audience but also engage in meaningful interactions that can further their growth and understanding.

The book is divided into ten concise, easy-to-read chapters, each offering practical and actionable advice. Whether it’s about “Thinking Process, Not Product” or “Learning to Take a Punch”, Kleon’s tips are helpful and inspirational. His writing style is engaging, often infused with humour.

One of the standout features of “Show Your Work!” is its visually appealing layout. Kleon, being a visual artist, incorporates his sketches, notes, and other graphic elements, greatly enhancing the reading experience.

In conclusion, “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon is an essential read for anyone looking to make their mark in the creative world. Whether you’re an online content creator in Leeds or a painter in Paris, Kleon’s insights are universally applicable and deeply resonant. It’s not just about showcasing the end product but celebrating the journey that got you there.

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