I got my copy of Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon yesterday. If you've been reading here from the beginning you already know that I'm a huge fan. I thought that I would sit down today and read the whole book. [His books are easy reads and so good that it's very doable to read it all at once.] I planned to read it today and then post about it. Instead I read the first chapter and stopped. I don't want to read the rest yet; I want to save it. I want to think about each part. The first chapter had so much that relates to what we're doing here that I felt like stopping to share.
Here's my highlights from chapter 1: You don't have to be a genius.
Find a scenius.
"...good work isn't created in a vacuum, and that creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds."
Be an amateur.
"the stupidest possible act is still a creative act."
"Amateurs know that contributing something is better than contributing nothing."
You can't find your voice if you don't use it.
"But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It's hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow"
"If you want people to know about what you do and the things you care about, you have to share."
"Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent with mine. Thinking about death every morning makes me want to live."