creativity is an act of defiance [the creative habit]

August 7, 2009 | Leave a comment

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp.

From time to time, I look back at some notes I collected from The Creative Habit to find inspiration for more reflections to share here. The quote below is one I see every time, but have failed to write anything about. But it’s an idea that sits well with me each time I read it. It occurred to me this morning that I don’t really need to write anything about it. It’s a great thought that stands on its own, so I decided to share it with you on its own:

Creativity is an act of defiance. You’re challenging the status quo. You’re questioning accepted truths and principles. You’re asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom:
    Why do I have to obey the rules?
    Why can’t I be different?
    Why can’t I do it my way?
These are impulses that guide all creative people whether they admit it or not. Every act of creation is also and act of destruction or abandonment. Something has to be cast aside to make way for the new.

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