Show Your Work
This weekend was spent cleaning my office.
I'm very lucky to have the home office that I do. It is bigger than most executive corners in the tallest of skyscrapers. There is a big leather couch, reading chair, television, Xbox and a desk where I'm writing this now.
There is also the constant build up of clutter, things that arrive in the mail and gear. Lots and lots of gear.
Who would have known that buying a new bookshelf would lead to such an upheaval in my little corner of the world. It did, but thankfully now that it is done it looks great.
Sunday afternoon I suddenly found myself with a sense of accomplishment and no desire to see a screen for a while so I grabbed Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon for a solid read.
I had scanned the book when I first bought it, but hadn't actually sat down and read the entire thing from start to finish.
This isn't a book that contains the secret plans to evolve you from a starving artist into a sellout. Rather, it is full of motivations and kicks in the ass that might shift you in the right direction if you need it.
As an author, I LOVED that at the end of it he practiced what he preached and showed some of the brainstorms for the book. We don't get to look into the mind of a writer that often and I loved even just a few pages of it.
In the spirit of #ShowYourWork here is a photo of my office mid clean as I had piles of everything that I was going through.
And here is the same view from my desk after I had finished cleaning it.
Definitely looks better now that it is cleaned and hopefully I can keep it looking this way for a while.
If you read Kleon's previous book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative than you'll like this one too. They both will keep permanent places on my bookshelf for when I need a reminder of that what I'm doing and why I'm doing it are the right things.