Taking the first step

Somehow it seems fitting today to share this excerpt from a book i have been reading on and off, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. 

‘The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark; random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight. There is nothing yet to research. For me, these moments are not pretty. I look like a desperate woman, tortured by the simple message thumping away in my head; “You need an idea.” It’s not enough for me to walk into a studio and start dancing, hoping that something good will come of my aimless cavorting on the studio floor. Creativity generally doesn’t work that way for me. (The rare times when it has stand out like April blizzards.)

You cant just dance or paint or write or sculpt. These are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun-paint into a painting, sculpt into sculpture, write into writing, dance into a dance.’

To read some lessons from her book, click here.


Taking the first step

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