If you haven’t discovered Austin Kleon yet, do it now!
He describes himself as ‘a writer who draws’ but he also just happens to be a New York Times bestselling author of books about creativity in the digital age.
I want to just focus on the first reason.
Be a documentarian.
In the digital age we are in control of our work and how our audiences can access it.
If you are a writer then you used to write a book, it would get published by a company, someone from a newspaper/publication would review it, and then readers would go to a book shop and buy a copy. Now you can publish it yourself on your blog, on Kindle, via email, or what ever platform they invented this week.
The cool thing, which most authors don’t seem to realise yet, is that you can now have the equivalent of the DVD extras with your work. You know the short interviews with the actors and directors, the locations details, the ‘making of’ features.
Any modern creative can now do this for themselves.
Document your creativity.
Open up your blog, for example, and type away ‘here’s p.73 of my latest book – it only took me 7 hours and 23 cups of coffee to write’, then stick in a screenshot of p.73, or the coffee, or both.
Share that quick scribble in your notebook, ‘I think the person at the next to me just killed someone’ . . . At the very least we can tweet it into the police if you don’t post for a while.
If our favourite author, painter, musician, posted this kind of content on their websites, we would probably pay for it.
Anyway, I have a few more ideas about this which I will share over the next few weeks, but until then check out Austin Kleon on the links above.