The Creative Habit

The Creative Habit

Learn It and Use It for Life : A Practical Guide

Book - 2003
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Creativity is not a gift from the gods, says Twyla Tharp, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it's within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. All it takes is the willingness to make creativity a habit, an integral part of your life:In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative.InThe Creative Habit,Tharp takes the lessons she has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career and shares them with you, whatever creative impulses you follow -- whether you are a painter, composer, writer, director, choreographer, or, for that matter, a businessperson working on a deal, a chef developing a new dish, a mother wanting her child to see the world anew.When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of the rut, andThe Creative Habitcontains more than thirty of them to ease the fears of anyone facing a blank beginning and to open the mind to new possibilities.Tharp's exercises are practical and immediately doable -- for the novice or expert. In "Where's Your Pencil?" she reminds us to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "Coins and Chaos," she provides the simplest of mental games to restore order and peace. In "Do a Verb," she turns your mind and body into coworkers. In "Build a Bridge to the Next Day," she shows how to clean your cluttered mind overnight.To Tharp, sustained creativity begins with rituals, self-knowledge, harnessing your memories, and organizing your materials (so no insight is ever lost). Along the way she leads you by the hand through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts into productive grooves. In her creative realm, optimism rules. An empty room, a bare desk, a blank canvas can be energizing, not demoralizing. And in this inventive, encouraging book, Twyla Tharp shows us how to take a deep breath and begin!
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003
ISBN: 9780743235266
Branch Call Number: 153.35 THA 2003
Characteristics: vii, 243 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Reiter, Mark


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Mar 06, 2014

This is a very interesting book on cultivating creative habits. Tharp uses many personal examples to drive her points home, and the exercises at the end of each chapter allow the reader to practice the creative habits discussed in the chapter. I did find the writing style a bit difficult to follow at times, but overall it is a book worth checking out whether you are a creative artist or anyone who wants to build their creative habits.

lpwords Oct 24, 2012

This is a wonderful book for anyone who already has a creative practise (writer, artist, dancer, quilter, potter, songwriter...) or who would enjoy insights into the creative life and how to access one's own natural instincts and abilities.

debwalker Apr 28, 2011

Consistent creativity comes from finding a set of work habits and rituals that keep you open and ready to take advantage of moments of inspiration.

Shares the lessons and principles that have enabled Twyla Tharp to sustain her creative energies for almost 50 years. Not just for artists, the ideas in this book will benefit anyone who wants more creativity in all aspects of their life and is willing to put in the discipline it requires.

May 31, 2010

test of screen refresh - ignore and eventually it will go away, but not before it gets tested on 3 browsesrs

May 28, 2010

Even though Twyla Tharp comes from the world of dance, her insights on creativity can be applied to any art.

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