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Perhaps the leading choreographer of her generation, Tharp offers a thesis on creativity that is more complex than its self-help title suggests. To be sure, an array of prescriptions and exercises should do much to help those who feel some pent-up inventiveness to find a system for turning idea into product, whether that be a story, a painting or a song. This free-wheeling interest across various creative forms is one of the main points that sets this book apart and leads to its success. The approach may have been born of the need to reach an audience greater than choreographer hopefuls, and the diversity of examples (from Maurice Sendak to Beethoven on one page) frees the student to develop his or her own patterns and habits, rather than imposing some regimen that works for Tharp. The greatest number of illustrations, however, come from her experiences. As a result, this deeply personal book, while not a memoir, reveals much about her own struggles, goals and achievements. Finally, the book is also a rumination on the nature of creativity itself, exploring themes of process versus product, the influences of inspiration and rigorous study, and much more. It deserves a wide audience among general readers and should not be relegated to the self-help section of bookstores.
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Adult/High School--Tharp shows how and why artists must actively seek and nurture inspiration. The dancer/choreographer draws heavily on her personal experiences to guide readers into cultivating habits that give birth to success. In addition, she recounts the experiences of artists from other disciplines, including painting and cinematography. Vignettes from the lives of people such as Mozart underline the fact that even geniuses work hard to realize the fruits of their labor. A personable tone is carried throughout the book, and within the text is a gold mine of advice. Tharp not only promotes tried-and-true habits, but also encourages readers to dig deep within themselves and come up with their own answers. Most sections conclude with exercises; they are fun and almost seamlessly bring home the author's main points. The black-and-white illustrations and photos are few in number. Students from all manner of creative arts who wish to make their dreams come true would benefit from reading this book.--Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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I found as an artist (writer, painter, fashion designer, costume creator and dancer) most of her theory will not work for all endeavors as she outlines. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jo Smith
This is likely the best book on creativity you'll read this year. I'm not a dancer (I'm a fiction author), but The Creative Habit addresses all artists and business minds too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula Cappa Reviews
A wonderful little foray into being creative. Dancers are some of the most creative people in my eyes, and she really understands the creative strand in different type of creative... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Owen M. Barton
Awesome book, a great read to know how to channel your creativity and use it whenever you wantPublished 1 month ago by Jarrell Roberson
Wonderful insights and experiences about from someone that wrote the book about modern dance. If you are the least bit 'creative' you will find something here in this book that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by dennis logan
Delivered quickly - CD is MP3 files, but divided into several chapters to split up on to 9 CD for a regular CD player. so far, so good!Published 1 month ago by dissapointed
I hate balled, in fact I despise it. But I was told this is a great book on creativity and sure enough they were right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesse Cannon
Excellent book on developing a creative habit. Here insights are fabulous and if you do the exercises, I haven't done the exercises yet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beatrice Rosenleaf