the box [the creative habit]

September 22, 2009

This post is the last of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. Today, our seven month, irregularly recurring series on The Creative Habit comes to an end. But, in the interest of being trite, last certainly does not mean least. I think I’ve saved the best […]

deadlines can be lifelines [the creative habit]

August 10, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. It was February 24 of this year that I began this series of reflections on The Creative Habit. Fresh off of reading the book, I had quite a few ideas I was looking forward to […]

creativity is an act of defiance [the creative habit]

August 7, 2009

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 […]

scratch when you don't itch [the creative habit]

May 18, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. It is a guest post by my friend Blaine Hogan. Blaine is an actor, a visual artist. He’s great at making stuff, and he does it for a living as an Experience Engineer at Willow Creek Community Church. […]

be good to your soul [the creative habit]

May 12, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. There has been a slight gap between posts in The Creative Habit series. By slight, I mean 42 days, 4 hours and 48 minutes. Approximately. I didn’t intend it that way. But I suppose the […]

make something terrible today [the creative habit]

March 24, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. The Creative Habit begins with a chapter called “I Walk Into a White Room”. Tharp uses this image to describe the stark nothing from which every new project begins. This feels to me like a […]

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 […]

the creative habit

February 24, 2009

I imagine Merlin Mann has helped sell quite a few copies of The Creative Habit, but his is one of many recommendations I’ve had for this book. Maybe it’s been recommended to you many times as well. Let me add another to the list. Twyla Tharp is a career creative who has spent decades choreographing. […]