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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

ilovedannydarrow's review

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0.5

This was not new information.

Also, I don't think you should have to be a jerk if you want to be successful in life. Assertiveness has its place, but kindness is still important. There were many assumptions made about "easy" things you could do to be creative without taking into account the author's own privilege and the barriers that many talented people face.

alyssaindira's review against another edition

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2.0

Hey guys, so I read The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp for the beginnings of one of the my.classes for next.semester. So this was a typical school book. I read it because I had to, not cause i wanted to. Lol. So yeah...didn't really like it that much. The only thing I kind of admired at the start of this novel was that the author was trying to make the topic relatable and her narrative wasn't too horrible. Until the book progressed. Then I got sick of it. I swear, this author refers back to herself, and her experiences, and her thoughts, and her back story, and her this.and her that, that this whole freaking book should have just been an autobiography on this woman. Seriously should have been tilted "a day in the life of me, myself and I". Something along this lines. Gods it annoyed me to no end after a while. At first I was able to joke about it, then I thought that this book was just a complete joke. Pretty much. I took notes, cause who knows what the professor is gonna ask me.to do. So, hers are my.notes..sharing them just for you.

Chap 2 rituals
Rituals are automatic but decisive patterns of behavior, beginning of creative process.
Rituals are without questions.
Rituals allow for control into the unknown, giving one confidence and reliance.
They come in all.manners, shapes, sizes and forms. For example, tossing away distractions, sacrificing them, is a ritual.
Don't become fearless, learn to fear, less.
Creativity needs a tool, can be anything, something as small as a pencil.
Be alone with a goal. Alone is a fact, lonely is feeling.
Chap 3. DNA. How one is coded to view the world. Divided, extremes, sizes.
Details vs dynamics
Self of identity.
Chap 4.
Memories. Metaphors.
Chap 5.
Organized creativity.
Chap 6.
Ideas are all around. 4 steps. Generate, retain, inspect, transform.
Chap 7.
Lucky accidents. Planning obstacles.
Chap 8.
The spine. Finding and reinforcing the central ideal.
Chap 9
Honing skill.
Chap 10.
See the rut, feel the rut, duck the rut.
Chap 11.
Be okay with failure.

And that's it ladies and gents. Bye.

amanda3050's review

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3.0

This book has some really great insights, and if you want to revitalize your creative practice this is a good place to start. It will help you think about the rituals that help you be creative and the blockers that may be holding you back.

I do feel like this book strays a little too close to memoir, and I feel like the author kind of looses the audience . A lot of the exercises are heavily dance and movement centric, she seems to assume that everyone has the same music background as her, and she spends a little too much time on needing to accept how aging prevents her from dancing how she wants.

There is still a lot you can learn from the author's experience so it is still worth a read but there is a still a lot more to human creativity that what is in this book.

brandonjbudd's review

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3.0

Interesting ideas... In truth, I haven't done the exercises. Will see if this knocks anything loose.

ate_nina_reads's review

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informative inspiring medium-paced

3.0

a decent guidebook for all creatives, regardless of medium. there were a handful of helpful ideas/strategies to take away from this book: identifying your creative dna, building a preparation routine, etc.

hobbs1's review

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informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.0

mikaelavictoria's review

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informative slow-paced

2.5

Tharp writes with a sense self-assurance that does not leave her audience room for personal growth. 

3twirlygirls's review

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3.0

Inspirational, out of the box read - strong finish

amandogra's review against another edition

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4.0

Textbook like explanations on the subject of ‘how creativity works’

It’s more like her autobiography but the stories and examples which she has included in this book are great. Although the book was related to dance but it was still inspiring for any one. This book is recommended for anyone who considers themselves as creative.

koreilly's review

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hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted medium-paced

3.0

Any book about creativity will be subjective as reading a book by an already established artist on their process can reek of "well of course that works for you, you're already a famous established artist!" but there are some gems of wisdom in here and some turds of turpentine.  Pick and choose I'd recommend speed reading. 

No mention of Spider Man Turn off the Dark tho... shame.