Friday, August 31, 2007

The Creative Habit

I'm reading "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp, a book recommended by Alyson Stanfield (www.artbizcoach.com). The reason I like this book is that for many years I believed the myth that artists, because of their creative nature, are predisposed to be unorganized, undisciplined and unstructured. The myth supports the notion that the truly creative individual is somehow exempt from any sort of structure in their lives. As a result, I've met more artists that are completely disorganized and wondering why they are getting nowhere with their art.

I have since come to believe that in order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative. You have to have discipline and focus, two qualities that most people don't generally associate with creative individuals. This book emphasizes the need for preparation in your creative life, whether you are an artist, engineer, teacher or other.

1 comment:

David Lobenberg said...

That is sooo true. I work at being focused and somewhat organized, but at least I work at it and know the value of it. My wife is both incredibly organized...and...incredibly creative. She has started a second career at the venerable age of 58. She is a high school english teacher! You do some very creative work. I can see why you communicate with Myrna.