April 15th 2006

The Creative Habit. Twyla Tharp

The Creative Habit. Twyla Tharp.2006. ISBN 0743235274. A delightful and insightful read that will stimulate you to get out of your seat and do something creative. I took my time to read this, but it is an easy read, because so much of what she has put down is boiled down wisdom. Eg. How does she read? 1. Competitively (to gain advantage over those who do not). 2. Growth ( you are today and what you will be in five years due to people you meet and books you read). 3. Inspiration (looking for patterns a, concepts, situations that are basic and connect). 4.
Archaeological (backwards in time, from an authors latest work then through what predates that work until you are at the simplest text, a reverse chronology. 5. Transactional (scribble in the margins, circle words and phrases, own the text. 6. Fat. (read related texts, contemporaries, even the authors letter. What was going on life when this was written?) If you believe that you are on earth to create something at all, this is a very inspiring read. And it is a lot of fun.

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