Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
A book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion.
A book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion:
- Be an amateur, not afraid to voice your opinion, be willing to share.
- Document your process, start a journal, record it, take photo,…
- Share/publish something small everyday.
- Once you finish your work for the day, reflect on it, share some of its process.
- 90% of everything is crap. True for your own work. Don’t be afraid to share. Some will find it interesting.
- Build a good name that people can search through - way to build up your audience.
- Actionable ideas:
- Blog everyday about my work, even if it’s code or things that I find interesting/informative or learn throughout the day.
- Keep things that inspire you, share other artists’ work.
- Tell good stories. Remember Dan Harmon’s story circle, Kurt Vonnegut’s story graph. Gustav Freytag’s pyramid.
- Teach what you know, even though you’ve just started.
- Share your reading lists, references,…
- Create tutorials.
- Try to become a more interesting person.
- Learn to take a punch/criticism.
- Don’t be afraid to charge for your work
- Don’t quit. Keep going. Keep producing one after another. But always remember to take rest
- Short rest: exercise, take a walk, hike,…
- Long rest: years off, sabbatical,…anything to help you recharge and ready for a new beginning.
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