The Creative Habit

  • by Twyla Tharp
  • Narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable 35-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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A much-needed shout-out to good habits

Any additional comments?

If you have any creative component to your work-life, you should listen to this book by Twyla Tharp. It's about facing the blank canvas of creativity and overcoming all of the distractions, fears, and roadblocks to getting creative work done.

And a terrific narrator, too.

Highly recommended!

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- Kindle Customer

Wordy, overacted, not easily applicable

Would you try another book from Twyla Tharp and/or Lauren Fortgang?

I would not purchase another book by Twyla because she focuses way too much on dance and doesn't convey it well to other aspects of the creative world. I would not purchase another book read by Lauren because she overacts and drawls on, making a read that should only be a few hours into an excruciating 6 or 7.

Would you ever listen to anything by Twyla Tharp again?


Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There was nothing helpful or insightful for me. I was hoping for a book that would give me some guidance or a few good techniques, but this book is more like her patting herself on the back for solving some of her own problems. Her problems are very specific to producing dance and choreography, which doesn't translate to my creative problems at all.

Any additional comments?

Was bored out of my skull listening to this one.

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- Vera

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios