Keep Going by Austin Kleon: Summary and Notes
How to design a system to be creative every day and keep moving on to the next project (regardless of success or failure)
“Creativity is about connections, and connections are not made by siloing everything off into its own space. New ideas are formed by interesting juxtapositions, and interesting juxtapositions happen when things are out of place.”
Keep Going Short Summary
The work of a creative person is never finished. Instead of having a finish line, it’s more like a loop, in which you keep coming back to a new starting point after every project. In Keep Going, Austin Kleon writes about designing a system to be creative every day and keep moving on to the next project, regardless of success or failure.
1. Every Day is Ground Hog Day
The creative life is not linear. It’s more like a loop, or a spiral, in which you keep coming back to a new starting point after every project. No matter how successful you get, no matter what level of achievement you reach, you will never really “arrive.” Other than death, there is no finish line or retirement for the creative person.
The best thing you can do if you want to make art is to pretend you’re starring in your own remake of Groundhog Day: Yesterday’s over, tomorrow may never come, there’s just today and what you can do with it.
A daily routine will get you through the day and help you make the most of it.
There is no perfect, universal routine for creative work. To establish your own routine, you have to spend some time observing your days and your moods:
- Are you an early riser or a night owl?
- Are there silly rituals or superstitions that get you in a creative…