Recommended Book: The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It For Life

By: Twyla Tharp


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 The creative habit: Learn it and use it for life

By: twyla tharp

ISBN: 978-0743235273


  • How might you make creativity a habit?
  • What is the spine of your work?
  • How might you get out of any creative rut and find momentum?



It’s easy to put ourselves in creative silos. Writers can guide and inspire other writers, musicians can guide and inspire other musicians, and so forth. The Creative Habit tosses this assumption out the window on page one, inviting all creatives to explore creative thinking in a way that goes beyond medium. I love the practical exercises throughout the book, simple and effective tools that often put my body in motion and that tap into a sense of play. When I think of improvisation, my thoughts first go to acting games or quick-drafting exercises. Twyla Tharp offers an entirely different vantage point as she describes improvisation from a choreographer’s point of view. So much is the same, and yet, the slightly different perspective helps me see my own work in new light.


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…

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