The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life (Paperback)

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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."
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...

About the Author

Twyla Tharp is an American choreographer and dancer, having choreographed more than one hundred sixty dances in the last fifty years. She has choreograph for the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. She has choreographed numerous films, including "Hair" and "Amadeus", and her work has steadily appeared on Broadway since 1980. The recipient of two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, Tharp lives in New York City and continues to choreograph and lecture around the world.

Praise For…

"[An] exuberant, philosophically ambitious self-help book for the creatively challenged."

-- The New York Times Book Review

"An entertaining 'how to' guide, The Creative Habit isn't about getting the lightning bolt of inspiration, but rather the artistic necessity of old-fashioned virtues such as discipline, preparation and routine."

-- Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek

"The Creative Habit emphasizes the work habits that lead to success."

-- C. Carr, O: The Oprah Magazine

"Twyla Tharp's amazingly plain-spoken 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

"[A]s accessible, smart and eye-opening as her dance."

-- Linda Winer, Newsday

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780743235273
ISBN-10: 0743235274
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: January 2006
Pages: 243
Language: English