The Creative Process and Inspiration

The Creative Process

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

By Twyla Tharp

Another gem!  Aside from being a great dancer and choreographer  Twyla Tharp is a storyteller, and this book tells the story of the creative process that underpins creative expresson.   That story is a habit of work and dedication beyond the comfort zone of the familiar.  

She 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...

Tharp take the reader through 32 various exercises to accompany the lessons.

She is superb at offering examples of artists in different disciplines and how they they navigate the creative discipline.

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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

By Mason Currey

Here are: Anthony Trollope, who demanded of himself that each morning he write three thousand words (250 words every fifteen minutes for three hours) before going off to his job at the postal service, which he kept for thirty-three years during the writing of more than two dozen books . . . Karl Marx . . . Woody Allen . . . Agatha Christie . . . George Balanchine, who did most of his work while ironing . . . Leo Tolstoy . . . Charles Dickens . . . Pablo Picasso . . . George Gershwin, who, said his brother Ira, worked for twelve hours a day from late morning to midnight, composing at the piano in pajamas, bathrobe, and slippers . . .

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