I read Steal Like an Artist
(Amazon) a while ago, but reread it as part of the reading list I’ve been working through. It’s a short read and enough time had passed that I didn’t mind re-reading it.
The thesis is that no art is original, although it does distinguish between being inspired by the work of others and outright plagiarising it.
My other favourite points were that productivity requires being boring – ultimately it’s about sitting down and working. It also talks about finding your tribe on the internet. I think Better Than Before
is better overall for this kind of insight, however.
In many ways it’s a less aggressive version of The War of Art
. It’s a pep talk from a dude based on his own experience and YMMV. At least this book mentions some women – although not that many.