The Creative Habit

The Creative Habit

Learn It and Use It for Life : A Practical Guide

Book - 2006 | First Simon & Schuster paperback edition
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Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.
Contents: I walk into a white room
Rituals of preparation
Your creative DNA
Harness your memory
Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box
Accidents will happen
Ruts and grooves
An "A" in failure
The long run
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2006
Edition: First Simon & Schuster paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
Branch Call Number: 153.35 T PBK
Characteristics: vii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Reiter, Mark - Author
ISBN: 9780743235273


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SkokieStaff_MikeS May 06, 2017

Don't wait for inspiration to come to you, get out there and create. Choreographer Twyla Tharp shares her own habits and those of famous artists in order to show that creativity is less a gift than an acquired habit.

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Jul 04, 2019

"her book is a terrific source of battle-tested advice about hard work, surviving failure, and living a creative life. I often find myself thinking about its lessons and retelling the stories in my own talks."

Mar 28, 2019

There are some good words of encouragement in here - but it neglects to discuss what you do if you don't have any means. The "just go out and get it" sentiment doesn't really work if you don't have any money or the social status to back you. I see artists with financial support or social predisposition thriving, and those that are really truly on their own without any backing often just disappear because if they choose thriving creativity it also means destitution. This book just isn't realistic.

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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