: 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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She is also a strong advocate for constant practice and constant work. This is likely the best book on creativity you’ll read this year. Oct 29, Mario Tomic rated it really liked it. I’m glad I finally got to it because this book is truly a gem. You might also like. Twyla writes about Mozart, who everyone thought was born with pure genius.

But as in most cases of learning, the best thing you can do is reinterpret what Tharp is discussing into your own personal practice. Creative folks just beginning to get serious about their work. Her enthusiastic appreciation of Beethoven for example was contagious.

Tharp uses her dance and choreography as examples, but speaks directly to artists in any genre as she describes the creative process. The book does not teach a particular me Loved this book. When Tharp is at a creative dead end, she relies on a lifetime of exercises to help her get out of the 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.

10 Powerful Lessons from Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit”

How does one face that empty page or empty stage and create something where nothing existed before? In “Build a Bridge to the Next Day,” she shows how to clean your cluttered mind overnight.


It’s one of those you can’t put down, highlight and underline, and go back to again and again. The author uses herself as a test subject for these exercises and she naturally comes back to her beginnings creaive the innate reasons for being as a resource to gather creative ideas.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Feb 23, Jay Cruz rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin I liked her concept maybe it isn’t hers, but it’s in the book of a ‘metaphor quotient’, one’s ability to twyls and understand metaphors, to explain the world using reference to memories and experiences.

The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin How can you unleash the energy you need to move ahead? I tend to prefer straight forward talk The Creative Habit: But once the shell is in place and you start work on the interior, the scaffolding disappears.

I just started but I love the pragmatic approach Ms. I was really surprised at how universally applicable most crrative the advice turned out to be. While that sounds much more boring that creativity being a flash of light from God, it is much more comforting for me.

This book is full of answers. In her creative realm, optimism rules.

Plus Tharp is so well versed in other creative fields that it never reads as creativity through the eyes of a choreographer, but as someone with a deep knowledge of the creative process who could be in any creative field she wanted. The following quote still really hit home: View the discussion thread.

Art is a vast democracy of habit.

It is a habit. Do you need to face your fears? Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. That’s how I think of planning. Time, efforts, and the daily process are a huge part of being successful, both in life and in art. There is one exercise in particular that I think I took too intensely to be literal it’s Egg, which is undeniably physicalwhich I think just put me off the entire project. Twyla Tharp is very interesting and even though I didn’t know her or her work outside this book, it was interesting to hear about her process and how she focuses her days to ensure to the best of her abilities that she has the room to keep developing her creativity.


You have to find a way to trick yourself to make it habitual. Follow your own creative path. All in all, a worthwhile and habiit read, especially for us “flighty” artist types determined to get over the creative dips ttharp or, as Tharp puts it, through the “ruts.

The Creative Habit | Book by Twyla Tharp | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

You need to keep your instrument of choice sharp and at the ready so when inspiration hits, you are ready to catch it and run with it. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Paperbackpages. Skip to main content. This book was the smack upside the head I really needed, and I really, really want to attend more dance performances. This book as thrilled my creative spirit and inspired me to allow myself to go beyond the self-imposed limits that I had unknowingly placed on myself.