In his now-classic 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 become known for it. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, offering clear, powerful guidance for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life.
Some of Austin’s key advice: 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. Get outdoors and take 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 offers timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.