Do the Verb

Austin Kleon talks about titles versus doing the work.

So many people think you have to first call yourself an artist, know who you are and what you’re about, and then you can start making art. No, no, no. You do the stuff first, then you can worry about what it is, who you are. The important thing is the practice. The doing. The verb.

We aren’t nouns, we are verbs. Forget the nouns, do the verbs.

His whole point is to forget trying to be a thing and just do the work that needs to be done. Doing the work gets you further than just wanting to be the thing.

For me it’s saying I’m a writer, but haven’t really written. I mean, I have written and self-published some cool stuff, but I get that imposter syndrome sneaking in sometimes too.

Ultimately, I should just write and forget about being a writer.

You should do the verb too.

November 9, 2018


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