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By jenny sanders on 08-03-16
Brilliant insight into a creative life
This is without question, a truly great book on creative processes. Twlya shares her own creative processes so that we can learn, develop, extend, enjoy and play with our own creative processes. With plenty of anecdote from a long career, the book is also part fascinating memoir, which holds interest and gives depth to the book. the techniques and habits Twyla Tharp describes are immediately useful and can be applied to just about anything, from cooking dinner to writing a novel. One of the most refreshing aspects of the book is that it is about dance and movement, so she brings an new, fresh perspective. I can't recommend it too highly and also can't believe that someone gave it a one star rating - don't take any notice of that. this is a really great book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Yin on 30-05-13
Good and bad
As much as I want to give this book a better rating I can't. I started this book in a moment of crisis with a creative project and I wouldn't say it has been a complete waste of my time and money but I really can't recommend this book to many people. The story itself is nice but it is more of an autobiography than it is a self-help book. I feel like a lot of stories and examples could have been cut out and the message she was trying to convey would have been just as clear. Tharp states in the beginning that this book is not just about dancing but I feel a bit cheated - there is an awful lot of talk about dancing that simply does not interest me. I lose focus and really want to skip on those parts. The narrating is ok, her voice is calm and soothing but she simply goes too slow! The combination of the slow narration and the talk about classic music and dance is just not my kind of thing and not what I was hoping for.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By phineas on 22-03-15
Habits for Creative Dancers
Would you try another book written by Twyla Tharp or narrated by Lauren Fortgang?
I probably wouldn't try another book by this author, but would have no problem listening to Lauren Fortgang narrating other books.
What was most disappointing about Twyla Tharp’s story?
I was expecting a book on creativity and if your interested in Dance then this might be the book for you. However for those of us who practice other arts & crafts, this book has little to offer.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Yet to find one.
What character would you cut from The Creative Habit?
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Ms. J. Barron on 07-04-18
Waste of time (for me).
Feel like this book is an autobiography dressed up as a self help book to sell more copies. Unless you are a dancer, I wouldn’t bother. I have zero actionable takeaways and feel patronised for not knowing as much about classical music as the author. Sorry not for me.
By Unclepigg on 07-04-18
Inspiring and practical
This is a book written by someone who has a lifetimes experience of creative work, so I respect the content of the book. Having read it all, I’d recommend it to anyone seeking to develop their creative pursuits and habits.
Fair enough, it contains dance related stories, and being a dancer I related very well to it. However I believe the lessons to learn here are applicable to any creative pursuit. The exercises are helpful, and I’ll be using lots of them for sure. They won’t have as much impact if you don’t listen to the (maybe sometimes too long) personal stories.
I recommend, for the exercises alone, and even for the reassurance of not feeling alone or weird the difficulties that creative types encounter.