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  • Book Review: The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

    At first glance, the title may evoke images of yet another glorified self-help book. But The Creative Habit goes beyond the relative scope of creative applications. Author and world famous choreographer, Twyla Tharp walks readers through the creative process step-by-step, revealing once and for all, that creative spark that lies deep within us all...


    Tharp believes that creativity isn’t just for the special or gifted artist but rather “It’s for businesspeople looking to close a sale; it’s for engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.” (Quote: The Creative Habit Chapter 1.) Tharp also repeatedly states that creativity is “augmented by routine and habit.”

    To this end, The Creative Habit provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the world’s most influential people, both in and out of the dance world. Readers are encouraged to delve deeper into the topic by answering several questions at the end of each chapter. These questions aren’t simply random or arbitrary, but are rather carefully constructed—just as one of Twyla’s own works – to teach readers how  to apply the creative habit to their daily lives.

    Personal Thoughts & Opinions

    While reading this book, I became delightfully aware at just how brilliant Ms. Tharp truly is. She’s not only a supremely talented dancer/choreographer, but is also a highly educated, deeply feeling, inherently complex, yet surprisingly simple woman. Her insights, mannerisms, and powerful work ethic are inspirational and challenging at the same time.

    The Creative Habit should be considered the required textbook for anyone who is willing to pursue excellence in all of their personal, business, educational, and artistic pursuits.

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