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Apr 23, 2019

writer-161In Part Two of another special edition of The Writer Files focused squarely on creativity and how to keep the creative juices flowing under duress, New York Times bestselling author, Austin Kleon, returned to talk about his journey, a wariness of technology, and his new book.

"Do good work and share it with people." - Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon has been deemed “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” (The Atlantic Magazine), and he is “a writer who draws,” best known for illustrated creativity manifestos Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!

His latest, Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad (Amazon), is the third book in his "box set." It offers ten simple, timeless, practical "...rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself — for life." Important messages for writers.

His work has been translated into over twenty languages and featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Kleon speaks about “creativity in the digital age” for organizations as varied as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.

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In Part Two of this two part file Austin Kleon and I discussed:

  • Why unplugging is so important for writers
  • A return to the importance of 'productive procrastination'
  • The unsolvable tension for creatives between connection and disconnection
  • The author's love of being lazy
  • Why we need to redefine productivity
  • The zen of Getting Things Done
  • How 'you can be woke without waking to the news'

Show Notes:

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