I confess that I am a notorious procrastinator, both in my creative and professional life. Part of this is habit, but the other part is not always having an anchor in my day that tells my brain it is time to get to work already, no more excuses, no more fear. Luckily, I have found a way to make my time count. World-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, in her book, The Creative Habit: Learn Being both an editor and a writer, one of the most difficult things for me is actually getting my day going. She says, "I begin each day of my life with a ritual: I wake up at a.
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Having troubles with organization whenever you want to turn a big idea intoa big project? And in that case — this summary is certainly a must read. And Why? She has created more than one hundred dances for the most prestigious ballet houses in the US, and the world. She has won two Emmy awards and a Tony award. In , she was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
For all intents and purposes, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the archetypal child prodigy. In other words, people think that he was born with much more talent than they are ever going to acquire. Their argument: Mozart was composing and playing keyboard and violin at an age when you were barely able to tell your left from your right hand. Now, clearly, they are on to something!
Round 1: Nature beats Nurture to the first punch! But, did you also know that Mozart practiced and wrote so regularly and so prolifically that by the time he died — and he died at 35 — his fingers were deformed? Round 2: Nurture strikes back!
But, before you start exercising it, you need to discover it! Because even if you have the knack for dancing like Twyla Tharp, you may never find this out if your father sends you to learn boxing!
Hey, wait a minute! As we said above, the first step is to learn who you are and what you really like in life. The Ancient Greeks pinned it in a much more direct and concise manner: know thyself! For example, ask yourself what would you want to be, if there were no financial or logistical limitations. Or, even more creatively, ask yourself which name would you choose if you want to reinvent yourself at this moment.
Twyla Tharp retells a story about one interesting moment of enlightenment an art student experienced during a similar exercise. She asked the student to assign colors to a dance and music improvisation. Up to this moment, he was in a state of DNA denial. And nurture sets off when work becomes a routine! True, it may be boring from time to time, but bear in mind that Stravinsky played a Bach fugue each and every day of his life.
And he became a Stravinsky! When done elegantly and creatively, in art — stealing is legal. So, if you want to be original, learn how to steal. It sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Make it much more literal! Take a box and put these things inside. Open the box and look at them from time to time, trying to find some connection. When that clicks — take out the things which connected and put them in another box. This box now represents your main idea.
Tharp calls it your spine. Develop it. See which skills are necessary to support the spine. These are thousands and thousands of hours research! Which brings us to the final point: Persevere! There will be ruts and there will be failures. And yet — how much the world has evolved in the meantime!
However, every single step forward you can think of was made through recombination! And each of the skills which allowed this to happen was developed through repetition. So, do it! Sometimes, you may have to find a way to enjoy in the discomfort of deadlines and lack of resources!
Hemingway, for example, purposefully stopped at the most interesting part each day — so as to get the necessary fuel for the next morning! Like this summary? Click To Tweet When I walk into the studio I am alone, but I am alone with my body, ambition, ideas, passions, needs, memories, goals, prejudices, distractions, fears.
Click To Tweet Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box. Click To Tweet You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work. The Zen master cleans his own studio. So should you. Learn more and more, in the speed that the world demands.
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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
Having troubles with organization whenever you want to turn a big idea intoa big project? And in that case — this summary is certainly a must read. And Why? She has created more than one hundred dances for the most prestigious ballet houses in the US, and the world. She has won two Emmy awards and a Tony award.
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