Show Your Work! has a simple enough premise - you need to share what you're working on so people can discover you. This is especially true for people with creative pursuits, such as writing, painting, or photography; if people don't know what you're making (and have no way of discovering it), you probably won't be discovered. Kleon has ten main points to get you started:
- You don't have to be a genius (most people spend decades getting good at their art).
- Think process, not product.
- Share something small every day (very easy now thanks to the internet!)
- Open up your cabinet of curiosities (sharing your stuff will help you develop new stuff).
- Tell good stories (people like to hear the stories behind how things came to be).
- Teach what you know.
- Don't turn into human spam (you need to listen to others as well as share your work).
- Learn to take a punch (rejection and critique are true of all creative pursuits).
- Sell out (we all need somewhere to live and something to eat).
- Stick around.
All in all I enjoyed reading Show Your Work! Kleon gave me some ideas of stuff to try (and the encouragement to keep trying and not abandon projects!) :)