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.
Topics: Creativity, Career, Writing, Art & Artists, Organization, Innovation, Design, Music, Dance, Productivity, and Inspirational
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I'm really enjoying this! I've been reading it bit by bit on my lunch breaks. It's helpful in terms of thinking through your own creative process and also hearing about someone else's. I think creativity is one of those things people don't reflect on very much and aren't aware of.more
This was a fantastic read. I kept thinking, "I wish I had read this book sooner". This is a must-read for anyone who is remotely creative and I'd even recommend it for those who think they are not. I also enjoyed Ms. Tharp's stories about the dance world -- she has been a world-famous choregrapher for several decades.more
Our College of Fine Arts at Troy University chose The Creative Habit as an across-the-curriculum book that all students and faculty are reading and referring to in their classes. The advice and observations from Twyla work effortlessly into my own classes and have generated many stimulating discussions. It is exciting to see students so enthused with reading assignments! I highly recommend this book. It will recharge your own creative habit.more
What makes someone creative? How does someone face the empty page, the empty stage and making something where nothing existed before? Not just a dilemma for the artist, it is something everyone faces everyday. What will I cook that isn't boring? How can I make that memo persuasive? What sales pitch will increase the order, get me the job, lock in that bonus? These too, are creative acts, and they all share a common need: proper preparation. For Twyla Tharp, creativity is no mystery; it's the product of hard work and preparation, of knowing one's aims and one's subject, of learning from approaches taken in the past. It's a process undertaken every day. It's a habit. The Creative Habit is not merely a look inside the mind of a remarkable woman with remarkable skills, but a programmatic, inspiring, encouraging guide to help each of us achieve our fullest creative potential.more
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