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31 Days: Creative Habit

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Welcome to 31 Days: Creative Habit. I’m going to use the entire month of October to cultivate one habit: creating.

“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is a result of good work habits.” – Twyla Tharp

I started reading Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, years ago. I went slowly through the first couple of chapters, underlining, making notes, devouring every word. Then, as usually happens, life got busy. I put the book aside for other things.

I’ve definitely been creative in the years since I picked up the book, but I never really developed a creative habit . And lately, I haven’t been creative at all.

But I’ve been reading a lot about habit recently, and I think this might be the answer. I came across this video several months ago, and I found it fascinating:

I just started reading this book, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, last week. It reminded me of Twyla Tharp’s book, and when I started thinking about what to do for 31 Days, I realized this was the perfect opportunity for me to build my own creative habit.

I want to be successful, so I want to keep it simple. I want to set aside a time every day to make something. (I also want to finish reading these two books, apply what I learn from them, and share a little of that learning here.)

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Read all the posts in this series below.

Day 1: Journal

Day 2: Give a Hoot

Day 3: Charmed Mother

Day 4: Country Comes to Town

Day 5: Step By Step

Day 6: You Can’t See Me

Day 7: Ritual

Day 8: Showing Up

Day 9: How to Be a Grown-up

Day 10: Mustard Octagons

Day 11: Keep Calm

Day 12: Everyday Saturday

Day 13: Creative Nap?

Day 14: Duct Tape Kind of Day

Day 15: Home Sweet Home

Day 18: Solitude

Day 19: Houndstooth

Day 20: Clearing the Decks

Day 21: One Trick Pony Necklace

Day 22: Mint Gray

Day 23: Fine Memory Earrings

Day 24: Little Blue Dress

Day 25: Oops!

Day 26: Mining for Gold

Day 27: The Pendulum

Day 28: Blue Clutch Fail

Day 29: Superhero

Day 30: Fall Leaf Garland

Day 31: Halloween 2013


14 thoughts on “31 Days: Creative Habit

  1. okay…you’ve already inspired me. I ordered the book, the creative habit, from the library and watched the video about habit … then…feeling like i needed to kick my creativity butt i went and put the second layer of gesso on a canvas I am planning to create a collage on . can’t wait to see how you will inspire me next. :)

  2. Oooo….I just know this is going to be good!! Lately I have actually identified my “need to be creative” as something that is missing in my life. Right now I have a huge wooden picture frame sitting in my garage waiting for me to do something to it and I just cannot decide what. Inspire me, Nicole!! I am desperate :)

  3. I’ve been reading the Power of Habit book already and contemplating my own habits, the ones I want and the ones I don’t. I think I’ll hunt out the Creative Habit book as well.

  4. I found your blog perusing other 31 dayers. I am a life-long dancer and I have perused The Creative Habit in the past but never picked it up… Probably out of sheer intimidation. I recently started The Artist’s Way, in a hope to get my self back in gear as an artist, but also just as a productive person. I’m looking forward to seeing how your month goes! Best of luck, lady!

  5. Great post! Thanks for putting up the video- it’s exactly what I needed to hear (got some bad habits I’m in the process of breaking!) Can’t wait to read your 31 day series! I myself am a newbie to blogging and have taken on the challenge as well! Can’t wait to read more about your creative journey :)


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