grooves, giving, and generosity [the creative habit]

March 16, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. Much of my energy about the creative process of late has pointed toward one thought — how to get into “creative mode”. For me, and probably for you, it doesn’t just happen. It requires an […]

bird by bird: the emotional center

February 10, 2008

Posting may slow down a little bit this week here at Creativityist. I will be doing a little bit of traveling. I have a number of entries in process right now, including the next installment in the capture everything series. I’ll put finishing touches on them and post them if I have opportunities on the […]

bird by bird: give and give and give and give

February 5, 2008

More words from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: You are going to have to give and give and give and give, or there’s no reason for you to be writing. You have to give from the deepest part of yourself, and you are going to have to go on giving, and the giving is going […]

of poets and mathematicians

February 2, 2008

In Orthodoxy, the ever quotable GK Chesterton writes: Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. Those words have meandered back into my head while reflecting on yesterday’s quote from Anne Lamott. Chesterton suggests that it is the exercise of expression that helps heal the […]

bird by bird: the unspeakable

February 1, 2008

From Anne Lamott’s fantastic book on writing (and life), Bird by Bird: We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you’ll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you’ve already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping […]

bird by bird

October 11, 2006

I’ve had Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, on my ‘someday reads’ list for a few years. I’d never found an excuse to bump it to the top of the list, so I was happy to see it on the syllabus for one of my classes. I appreciate that this is more than just a […]