Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Creative Habit

I’ve been reading Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit. It’s inspiring and positive and encouraging. I highly recommend this book to all who practice art and life.     

I’ve learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. That’s why writers, for example, like to establish routines for themselves. The most productive ones get started early in the morning, when the world is quiet, the phones aren’t ringing, and their minds are rested, alert, and not yet polluted by other people’s words. They might set a goal for themselves – write fifteen hundred words, or stay at their desk until noon – but the real secret is that they do this every day. In other words, they are disciplined. Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit.

It’s the same for any creative individual, whether it’s a painter finding his way each morning to the easel, or a medical researcher returning daily to the laboratory. The routine is a much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more. This routine is available to everyone.

Happy Painting!