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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

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. The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin...

Review:

"[An] exuberant, philosophically ambitious self-help book for the creatively challenged." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The Creative Habit emphasizes the work habits that lead to success." C. Carr, O: The Oprah Magazine

Review:

"Though its context is a choreographer's world, its principles are universally applicable and sound....It could change your life." Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

Review:

"Twyla Tharp's amazingly plain-spoken treatise...is a frank, honest, and tough-love testament essentially arguing that art and creativity are matters of hard, old-fashioned work." Sid Smith, The Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

What makes a person creative? It's not just a dilemma for artists, or aspiring artists. Creativity enters into so many facets of everyday life — deciding what meal to cook, constructing a persuasive memo, or imparting knowledge to a child. In this straight-forward and life-changing book, Twyla Tharp shares the overriding lesson learned during her remarkable thirty-five-year career: creativity is not a mystery. It is not a gift from on high. It is the product of hard work and preparation, of knowing one's aims and one's subject, of learning from approaches taken in the past. Creativity is a habit, and it is within everyone's reach. The Creative Habit is both personal and practical, combining anecdotes from Tharp's life with easy and effective exercises that she uses when facing a creative rut. This inspiring, encouraging guide will show every reader — from the author facing a bad case of writer's block, to the business person looking to secure a deal — how to achieve his or her fullest creative potential.

Synopsis:

One of the worldand#8217;s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, andlt;Iandgt;Movinand#8217; Outandlt;/Iandgt;, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talentsand#8212;at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside andlt;Iandgt;The Artistand#8217;s Wayandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Bird by Bird.andlt;/Iandgt;

About the Author

Twyla Tharp, one of America's greatest choreographers, began her career in 1965, and in the ensuing years has created more than 130 dances for her company as well as for the Joffrey Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, London's Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Working to the music of everyone from Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart to Jelly Roll Morton, Frank Sinatra, and Bruce Springsteen, she is a pioneer in melding modern dance and ballet with popular music. In film, she collaborated with Milos Forman on Hair, Ragtime, and Amadeus. For television, she directed Baryshnikov by Tharp, which won two Emmy awards. For the Broadway stage, she directed the theatrical version of Singin' in the Rain, and in 2003 won a Tony Award for Movin' Out, which she conceived, directed, and choreographed to the songs of Billy Joel. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1993, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 1997 was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives and works in New York City.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

1 I Walk into a White Room

2 Rituals of Preparation

3 Your Creative DNA

4 Harness Your Memory

5 Before You Can Think out of the Box, You Have to Start with a Box

6 Scratching

7 Accidents Will Happen

8 Spine

9 Skill

10 Ruts and Grooves

11 An "A" in Failure

12 The Long Run

Acknowledgments

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PittsburghWriter, January 20, 2012 (view all comments by PittsburghWriter)
I love to read about other artists' creative processes and routines, so I knew I would enjoy this one. But Tharp brought so much more to the table. The book is full of exercises and suggestions for anyone to add more creativity to their lives and more spine to their art. I took thorough notes and expect to be using some of these tips immediately.
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sgjonquil, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by sgjonquil)
This book woke me up on several levels. Twyla shares stories from her very active and creative life in an inspiring and entertaining manner. Reading it made me really ponder on what ignites my passions, and gave me great ideas for how to take the leap from reading to action.
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acbrainerd, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by acbrainerd)
An inspiring read that can help all of us shift gears into a more productive pace of life personally and professionally. A great gift for anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743235273
Author:
Tharp, Twyla
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Creativity
Subject:
Creative Ability
Subject:
Creation (literary, artistic, etc.)
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Creativity
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Subject:
Twyla Tharp, choreography, creativity, The Artist s War, Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, New York City ballet, Broadway, Movin Out, American Ballet Theater, Billy Joel, Tony Award, The Times They Are A-Changin, Come Fly With Me, Baryshinkov, Maurice Sendak, Be
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50-75 b/w photos/illus; 2/c
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 16.66 oz

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Product details 256 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743235273 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] exuberant, philosophically ambitious self-help book for the creatively challenged."
"Review" by , "The Creative Habit emphasizes the work habits that lead to success."
"Review" by , "Though its context is a choreographer's world, its principles are universally applicable and sound....It could change your life."
"Review" by , "Twyla Tharp's amazingly plain-spoken treatise...is a frank, honest, and tough-love testament essentially arguing that art and creativity are matters of hard, old-fashioned work."
"Synopsis" by , What makes a person creative? It's not just a dilemma for artists, or aspiring artists. Creativity enters into so many facets of everyday life — deciding what meal to cook, constructing a persuasive memo, or imparting knowledge to a child. In this straight-forward and life-changing book, Twyla Tharp shares the overriding lesson learned during her remarkable thirty-five-year career: creativity is not a mystery. It is not a gift from on high. It is the product of hard work and preparation, of knowing one's aims and one's subject, of learning from approaches taken in the past. Creativity is a habit, and it is within everyone's reach. The Creative Habit is both personal and practical, combining anecdotes from Tharp's life with easy and effective exercises that she uses when facing a creative rut. This inspiring, encouraging guide will show every reader — from the author facing a bad case of writer's block, to the business person looking to secure a deal — how to achieve his or her fullest creative potential.
"Synopsis" by , One of the worldand#8217;s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, andlt;Iandgt;Movinand#8217; Outandlt;/Iandgt;, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talentsand#8212;at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside andlt;Iandgt;The Artistand#8217;s Wayandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Bird by Bird.andlt;/Iandgt;
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