: The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (Audible Audio Edition): Twyla Tharp, Lauren Fortgang, Audible Studios: Books. 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. The Creative Habit summary shows you why having a starting ritual is Twyla Tharp is one of the world’s most renowned dancers and dance.

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And it wasn’t all about work, by the way. I didn’t take advantage of the written exercises, so I’m thinking of picking up a hard copy and going through it again.

Being both an editor and a writer, one of the most difficult things for me is actually getting my day going. I chose The Creative Habit to read because the title was already a lesson! I particularly appreciated the way she included things like slumps, ruts, mistakes, and even aging as part of the creative life. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It’s also a friendly reminder that I’m doing the right thing.

In between you will find stories primarily from Twyla’s experience with musicals and other artistic ventures. She inspired me to check out her choreography online after finishing this and she’s so lovely. I certainly didn’t envy her her choices in life and did not respond to her manner of writing either.

I loved how Tharp weaved the personal in with her advice to readers. Tharp’s exercises are practical and immediately doable–for the novice or expert. But as in most cases of learning, the best thing you can do is reinterpret what Tharp is discussing into your own personal practice. An empty room, a bare desk, a blank canvas can be energizing, not demoralizing.


Firm, repeated insistence that there is nothing wrong with borrowing, curbing, relying on other artists to inspire and influence while creating.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

But most, if not all, of her personal examples showcase her complete individuality, absolute originality, serendipitous who-knows-how-I-came-up-with-this sense of wonder about her own unique brilliance. As she discusses each of these, Tharp offers examples from multiple art forms and from her experience as a choreographer. Everyone can habig it, but some I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected I would.

Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Observation, reflection, carrying a pencil to sketch and write, are all ways to help ttwyla generate ideas for creativity. How ironic to critique a book on creativity when nabit are not creative enough to imagine the author’s advice to work for your own pursuits, eh? English Choose a language for shopping. If this is your second book on creativity, you might find som If this is your second book on creativity, you will know the drill already: But what is creativity for Twyla?

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Skip to main content. I liked her concept maybe it isn’t hers, but it’s in the book of a ‘metaphor quotient’, one’s ability to use and understand metaphors, to explain the world using reference to memories and experiences. This has been a rough few weeks in terms of staying focused and optimistic. 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.

Creative folks just beginning to get serious about their work. These strands are as solidly imprinted in us as the genetic code that determines our height and eye color, except they govern our creative impulses.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I’m lowbrow, but she made me “last. You must study the tradition of your chosen discipline as well as surrounding creative disciplineslearn its vocabulary, the skills it demands, keep a daily practice, and learn how to help yourself out of a rut.

Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves.

It’s one of those you can’t put down, highlight and underline, and tharrp back to again and again. But should you need to read this for some advice and many craetive the floundering blossoming artsy set probably doplease be forewarned: Then you can start reading Kindle twylw on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

By the time I take my first sip, I am already sitting at my desk, planning out my projects for the day. Maybe I’ll try to collect a new review every time. I read about multitasking while reading the book on the cross trainer at the gym; the part when she says how much she hates seeing people reading while working out. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of thwrp rut, and The Creative Habit contains more than thirty of them to ease the fears of anyone facing a blank beginning and to open the mind to new possibilities.

Is this book helpful for teenage school children? Jun 16, Yuliya Skripnik rated it it was amazing.