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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 16 of Good Books: The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

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

I wondered what I could learn about writing from a choreographer.  Then I read The Creative Habit and learned how to be disciplined about my craft. 

The creative person isn't at the mercy of "feeling creative."  Who knew?  Twyla.  A series of exercises and rituals that bring creativity forth aren't specific to a choreographer.  Her no nonsense approach to stimulating her creativity eliminates the tendency to "sit and wait for it." As a result, a blank screen isn't daunting, but energizing.  A clear mind is a fresh start. 

Starting a new project can overwhelm you with ideas and possibilities.  How do you hold on to them without working on them right this minute?  How do you organize them? She even handles these practical tasks.

"Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits. That's it in a nutshell." Twyla Tharp

Learn how to develop it, don't be at the mercy of the elusive muse.  This is a book that belongs on everyone's bookshelf.

This is part of the 31 Days project at The Nester.  Be sure to leave a comment to be entered for the end of the month prize drawing!


  1. (Not entering) When I'm not trying to do a post, my mind is whirling with ideas, but there's something about pulling up the new post page, that makes them disappear!

    1. Oh, you're absolutely entered! ;-)

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    1. It made my "gift ideas" list for creative people. I've given one copy already.