Monday, April 4, 2011

Creativity is Subtraction

Twitter saved the day again yesterday. It wasn't a great day for a number of reasons, but more about that some other time.

I found a new source of inspiration. Austin Kleon, a poet and artist, posted his "How to Steal Like An Artist" notes.  Someone tweeted a link, so I clicked. And what I found was fantastic, simple and true.

My favorite note of his was #9 - Creativity is Subtraction.
So true.

Every great paragraph I write started out twice as long. I delete, delete, delete. Then I reread. And sometimes it turns into something I love. But I can never start with the short version. It doesn't work. The subtraction makes it work.

If you are in need of inspiration, check him out. He also has a book that I have on my list to purchase. Simple but fantastic.

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