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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

By Twyla Tharp
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...


NEWS & OPINION: Work is work, but it’s better when done together

Posted November 24, 2009, 7:57 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Skimming around Huffington Post during lunch, I found Jesse Kornbluth’s blog post on working with Twyla Tharp on her new book that came out today, The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together. Kornbluth recounts his time working with her on the book, offering us a tasty morsel of insight on what it was like to work with a genius of her ilk. One of Tharp’s earlier books, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, was included in the Innovation and Creativity chapter of our The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Read more

JACK COVERT SELECTS: Optimism and Mastery

Posted January 29, 2008, 3:17 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
"More than anything, I associate mastery with optimism. It's the feeling at the start of a project when I believe that my whole career has been preparation for this moment and I am saying "Okay, let's begin. Now I am ready. Read more

JACK COVERT SELECTS: Jack Covert Selects -- The Creative Habit

Posted February 3, 2006, 10:14 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life By Twyla Tharp with Mark Reiter, Simon & Schuster, $15. 00 paperback, 256 pages, January 2006, ISBN 0743235274 If you've heard of Twyla Tharp, you may be wondering why I am reviewing this book which recently came out in paperback. Tharp is a celebrated choreographer. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Grab a box. Label it. Start a new project.

Posted December 30, 2005, 4:50 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
I really, really enjoy this book. It's an easy read and has a clean design. It's been around for a few years -- the hardcover was published back in 2003. Read more


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About the Paperback

Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish date 01/01/2006
Pages 243
ISBN-13 9780743235273
ISBN-10 0743235274
Language English

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