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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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By cvstuart on 03-27-13
A much-needed shout-out to good habits
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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.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
By Music Lova on 01-19-15
First try at "Self Help" wasn't helpful.
What would have made The Creative Habit better?
Actually more ideas, rituals, and suggestions to actually develop a creative habit. This just seems to be mostly about the authors grandeur in dancing and creating plays.
There is some useful information but for me it was only a handful of times and few and far between.
I would have gotten more helpful ideas from a Lifehacker article.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Some thing historical or a biography.
What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?
Her voice is very soothing and well spoken.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The performance was good and there were some helpful ideas.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jenny sanders on 03-08-16
Brilliant insight into a creative life
This is without question, a truly great book on creative processes. Twlya shares her own creative processes so that we can learn, develop, extend, enjoy and play with our own creative processes. With plenty of anecdote from a long career, the book is also part fascinating memoir, which holds interest and gives depth to the book. the techniques and habits Twyla Tharp describes are immediately useful and can be applied to just about anything, from cooking dinner to writing a novel. One of the most refreshing aspects of the book is that it is about dance and movement, so she brings an new, fresh perspective. I can't recommend it too highly and also can't believe that someone gave it a one star rating - don't take any notice of that. this is a really great book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Yin on 05-30-13
Good and bad
As much as I want to give this book a better rating I can't. I started this book in a moment of crisis with a creative project and I wouldn't say it has been a complete waste of my time and money but I really can't recommend this book to many people. The story itself is nice but it is more of an autobiography than it is a self-help book. I feel like a lot of stories and examples could have been cut out and the message she was trying to convey would have been just as clear. Tharp states in the beginning that this book is not just about dancing but I feel a bit cheated - there is an awful lot of talk about dancing that simply does not interest me. I lose focus and really want to skip on those parts. The narrating is ok, her voice is calm and soothing but she simply goes too slow! The combination of the slow narration and the talk about classic music and dance is just not my kind of thing and not what I was hoping for.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful