Tharp provides some powerful insight on how to be more creative by stressing that it is an intentional process built around great habits.
- The best creativity is a result of good work habits.
- There are no “natural” geniuses.
- In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative.
- If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.
- Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity.
- To get the creative habit, you need a working environment that’s habit-forming.
- Subtracting your dependence on some of the things you take for granted increases your independence.
- Solitude is an unavoidable part of creativity. Self-reliance is a happy by-product.
- We all have strands of creative code hard-wired into our imaginations.
- Venturing out of your comfort zone may be dangerous, yet you do it anyway because our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.
- Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art.
- Habitually creative people are, in E. B. White’s phrase, “prepared to be lucky.”
- Inexperience erases fear.
- You do your best work after your biggest disasters.
- There is no ideal condition for creativity. Make it easy on yourself and don’t overthink it.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Don’t forget the difference between the narrative and plot. Plot is “The queen died; the king died.” Narrative is “The queen died; the king died of a broken heart.”
- Plan only to a point.
“Every day you don’t practice you’re one day further from being good.” – Ben Hogan
“The most important thing is not what the author or artist had in mind to begin with but at what point he decided to stop.” – D.W. Harding
“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead.” – John Updike
“Good engineers ship.” – Tracy Kidder