October 05, 2003

The Creative Habit: It's Work

From an interview by By Linda Kulman with Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

[...]Anyone can be more creative. I'm not talking here about creative with a capital C, as in Rembrandt, Mozart, Beethoven, Matisse--the pantheon of gods. You do the best you can do, but the best you can do is a little better every day. It's a little more focused; it's a little more accomplished; it's a little freer. It's got a little more chutzpah. It's got a little more authority to it. In the end you don't ultimately make the decision as to whether you were or were not creative. You just practice the creative life. Let others make that decision. You'll be long gone, anyway.

[...]Do the best you can do. And be there because you know that it's good for you to be there. Either you do what you do very well, or it does something for you such as giving you solace, giving you a companion, giving you a place to practice being yourself.

Why does being creative matter?

[...]So that you walk out the door believing in yourself a little bit more. So you believe that in any given day you've made more of it than it might otherwise have been. So that you do not take things for granted. Creativity, ultimately, is a way of saying thank you.

Posted by fred1st at October 5, 2003 01:37 PM | TrackBack

When JF says, It's work, he's saying something negative. I wonder if you give that phrase the same connotation. For some, the idea of work is the idea of usefulness, of industry that pays in some coin or other in the end, of calling and avocation as well as vocation. Work means something to do with your time that isn't wasting it. For JF, work is what you do to pay the bills so you can live your Real Life. Work is the drudgery, the dragging, the boring, the necessary but painful stuff that keeps the food on the table and the roof over the head so that you can actually enjoy everything else.

Posted by: trish at October 5, 2003 03:38 PM

Thanks for the link . . . I enjoyed that.

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at October 5, 2003 09:06 PM

I liked this a lot. Particularly the idea that being creative is a way of syaing "thanks."

Posted by: Trey at October 6, 2003 12:53 PM

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