Lemon #134. Fake it ‘till you make it.

Lemon #134.Fake it you make it

While reading ‘Steal like an artist’, we learned about the importance of faking it ‘till making it. Austin Kleon says in his book:

In my experience, it’s in the act of making things and doing our work that we figure out who we are. You might be scared to start. That’s natural. There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called ‘impostor syndrome’ 

Basically, it’s means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing. 

Fake it ‘till you make it. 

We learn to write by copying down the alphabet. Musicians learn to play by practicing scales. Painters learn to paint by reproducing masterpieces. 

First, you have to figure out who to copy. Second, you have to figure out what to copy. 

Who to copy is easy. You copy your heroes. The writer Wilson Mizner said if you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism, but if you copy from many, it’s research. 

Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes. 

The reason to copy your heroes and their style is so that you might somehow get a glimpse into their minds. If you just mimic the surface of somebody’s work without understanding where they are coming from, your work will never be anything more than a knockoff. 

Austin Kleon @ Steal like an artist. 

Jorge Moreno

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