The Creative Habit
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The Creative Habit : Learn it and Use I for Life

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What makes someone creative? How does someone face the empty page, the empty stage and making something where nothing existed before? Not just a dilemma for the artist, it is something everyone faces everyday. What will I cook that isn't boring? How can I make that memo persuasive? What sales pitch will increase the order, get me the job, lock in that bonus? These too, are creative acts, and they all share a common need: proper preparation. For Twyla Tharp, creativity is no mystery; it's the product of hard work and preparation, of knowing one's aims and one's subject, of learning from approaches taken in the past. It's a process undertaken every day. It's a habit. The Creative Habit is not merely a look inside the mind of a remarkable woman with remarkable skills, but a programmatic, inspiring, encouraging guide to help each of us achieve our fullest creative potential.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 172 x 226 x 18mm | 480.81g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 50-75 b-w photos-illus; 2-c
  • 0743235274
  • 9780743235273
  • 89,986

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"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 "[A]s accessible, smart and eye-opening as her dance." -- Linda Winer, Newsday "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 "The Creative Habit emphasizes the work habits that lead to success." -- C. Carr, O: The Oprah Magazine "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 "[An] exuberant, philosophically ambitious self-help book for the creatively challenged." -- The New York Times Book Review ""The Creative Habit" emphasizes the work habits that lead to success." -- C. Carr, "O: The Oprah Magazine" "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"show more

Review Text

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

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13,907 ratings
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4 32% (4,385)
3 21% (2,895)
2 6% (841)
1 2% (342)
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