When a person wants something to change, one has to be willing to take some action for change to take place. Otherwise, they stay stuck in doing the same thing over and over, expecting something different to happen. It won’t. Why I like this book is as a call to building the creative habits to sustain one’s personal growth. We all need creativity. For some this is a struggle as they may have never been exposed to any creative methods. Twyla Tharp reinforces throughout her book her belief to have this change happen, one must build the skills to support these changes. Having a supportive community of friends, mentors, and other creatives are also just as important as building the skills. The author provided some daily exercises for reflection to broaden their understanding of where one might be holding onto old beliefs about creativity. Using the analogy of religions, most religious rituals are built around habits; rituals to open one’s connection to a higher consciousness. These habits are not skills, but more of a connectedness to a higher meaning. To build a creative practice through these exercises, doing the work takes time, energy. It also takes a purpose. What’s your purpose and are you willing to build a creative habit to help achieve those goals?
I encourage you to buy a copy of The Creativity Habit for a better understanding of your own creative process. Whether you're a master artist or beginning artist, this is an excellent book.
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