Twyla Tharp’s triggering thoughts

Twyla Tharp’s “The creative habit” is a must read for all serious creatives out there. If you haven’t already, here are some of Twyla’s quotes to get you interested.

“Creativity is an act of defiance.”

“The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.”

“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”

“A lot of habitually creative people have preparation rituals linked to the setting in which they choose to start their day. By putting themselves into that environment, they start their creative day.”

“Reading, conversation, environment, culture, heroes, mentors, nature – all are lottery tickets for creativity. Scratch away at them and you’ll find out how big a prize you’ve won.”

“It is extremely arrogant and very foolish to think that you can ever outwit your audience.”

Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit


4 thoughts on “Twyla Tharp’s triggering thoughts

  1. I haven’t read this one, though obviously its a prime candidate on the subject. Do you think it is a particularly good one then? Above the competition?

    • Hi Gillian, I was mostly struck by its demystifyingly practical nature, which I haven’t found in other books. If you have though, I’m curious to hear which they are.

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