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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

I'm really enjoying this! I've been reading it bit by bit on my lunch breaks. It's helpful in terms of thinking through your own creative process and also hearing about someone else's. I think creativity is one of those things people don't reflect on very much and aren't aware of. Read full review

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User Review  - edella - LibraryThing

What makes someone creative? How does someone face the empty page, the empty stage and making something where nothing existed before? Not just a dilemma for the artist, it is something everyone faces ... Read full review

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In my brief read of Twyla’s Creative Habits, I find transforming without attempting to teach you teach (Mr. Miyagi); therefore, that is one of the best methods of recognizing what you over looked is really understanding your own space, routines, and habits are really the discipline needed to be creative. I hope to add more later. Ron L. Shamwell 

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I decided to read this book because even though I’m an art major, at times I feel I’m just not that creative. However, this book didn’t reveal anything new to me. Instead it just reemphasized what I already knew to be true. The key message is that you just have to do more of what you want to do in order to be successful. You must make it a habit to practice your chosen craft be it dancing, painting, composing music, etc, a little bit everyday.
This is easier said than done. Hence the remainder of the book deals with the processes involved with helping to form habits in your chosen genre. The book did have some insightful stories and quotes into people’s lives of dedication. One such the book focused on was Mozart. The book explained how it took so much time and work for him to become proficient in creating his masterpieces. From this example we are encouraged creative success through dedication and hard work.
The book gives examples of men and women who have been successful dedicating their lives to their chosen craft. However, it soon became apparent to me that the cost involved to have creative success might be more than most people are able to give. The time involved and dedicated to the perfecting of one’s craft might be the main distinguishing factor between the elite and the mediocre.
In conclusion, the book issues some ideas to make your habit forming more productive such as setting aside the same time everyday to engage in your craft, or giving yourself some sort of reward for your diligence. However in the end the message is clear. For those who are struggling with the feeling of being challenged creatively the ultimate key to success the book presents emphatically follows the old adage, practice makes perfect.

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