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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Paperback – January 6, 2006
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One of the world?s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin? Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents?at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist?s Way and Bird by Bird.All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. 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.In "Where's Your Pencil?" Tharp reminds you to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "Coins and Chaos," she gives you an easy way 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 you how to clean the clutter from your mind overnight.
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If it isn't obvious already, I come down on the side of hard work. That's why this book is call The Creative Habit. Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits. That's it in a nutshell."
~ Twyla Tharp from The Creative Habit
Twyla Tharp is awesome.
One of the greatest choreographers in the world, she'd created more than 130 (!!!) dances for her company as well as for everyone from the Joffrey Ballet to London's Royal Ballet.
In this great book, Twyla shares some uber-Big Ideas on how we can develop our Creative Habit to more consistently rock it.
Hope you enjoy a few of my favorites:
1. Rituals of Preparation - They're a must.
2. Mozart's Genius = Discipline + work ethic.
3. Give Me 1 Week Without - Silly distractions.
4. Busy Copying - If you want to be great.
5. Reading - It does a mind good.
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I use the term "generously" because she shares frankly, empowering all who will take her advice to heart. She comes across as a person utterly committed to her art--being an artist is not something she does--it is something she is. this comes across clearly. But she doesn't romanticize the artist's identity, insisting that artists are made--by hard work and consistent discipline and habits--more than being born. She even shows how Mozart, the genius of geniuses, attained his heights due to intensive disciplined practice and habit.
There is not a pretentious bone in Twyla Tharp's body, nor is there a pretentious page in her book. I commend it highly.
Exactly. This is America's foremost choreographer digging deep to dissect her life and her work practices, trying to distill what it is that has kept her productive and relevant throughout a professional career now at the 40-year mark. [Hint: Hard work. Ritual. Discipline. Hard work. Practice. Hard work...getting the picture?]
In addition, there are two other threads in the book well worth your while. The first is the invention of Twyla Tharp, a self-made, up-from-the-bootstraps talent from the foothills of San Bernadino, CA. Curious about the unique Twyla Tharp name? So was I. Tharp explains it here, and credits her Mom with wanting to pick out something striking for her daughter. Clearly, Mom had big plans for young Twyla, who did not disappoint.
The second in the invention of "Movin' Out," the dance story Tharp conceived and directed to the music of Billy Joel. This is briliant, spine-tingling stuff. In fact, I'd gladly pay $25 to read a book dedicated solely to the creation of "Movin' Out." It's fascinating to read how Tharp created the idea from scratch, presented it to the singer to get his approval and then drove it forward from there. You even get blow-by-blow details on how Tharp overhauled the Act One as the play worked out its off-Broadway preview kinks in Chicago. [And, as a Billy Joel fan, it's nice to see that he comes across as Tharp's perfect partner.]