Show Your Work book review from The Handcrafted Story. (inside the book)

If you want to know why you should share your creative work, even your ideas in process, I recommend Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered.

I didn’t like this book as much as Austin’s Steal Like an Artist. I didn’t underline anything in this book, which is interesting because I’ve read it now at least twice. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but that I really, really liked Steal Like an Artist. 

My favourite concept from Show Your Work was the daily dispatch. It’s the idea of sharing one piece of your work every day:

If you’re in the very early stages, share your influences and what’s inspiring you. If you’re in the middle of executing a project, write about your methods or share works in progress. If you’ve just completed a project, show the final project, share scraps from the cutting-room floor, or write about what you learned.

I like the illustration he made to go with the daily dispatch concept:

Show Your Work book review from The Handcrafted Story.


  • Same as his book, Steal Like an Artist, I love the size of this book and the feel of the cover. Yes, I’m a geek.
  • I also love all the relevant quotes he included.
  • I also liked his hand lettering and illustration, which you can see on the cover and on most pages in the book.
  • I liked his newspaper blackout poetry that was included throughout the book. Blackout poetry is made by crossing out words from a newspaper with a sharpie to make a poem of the words that remain. You can buy some of his blackout poetry here.

DISLIKES: It’s short (140+ pages), which is nice because it’s a fairly quick read but I want to read more! I guess that’s not really a dislike.

If you like this book, try:

  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. Read my review.


  •  4 Stars: I own both Show Your Work and Steal Like an Artist. If I had to pick only one, I would buy Steal Like an Artist.

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