The Creative Habit

  • by Twyla Tharp
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable 35-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....
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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.
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- jenny sanders

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.
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- Yin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios