Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm working on some commissioned pieces today and plan to post another daily tomorrow. Meanwhile, from the studio wall:

The great American dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp has written a wonderful book called The Creative Habit. In these excerpts she speaks of strategies for maintaining creative continuity from one day to the next:

"The only bad thing about having a good creative day is that it ends, and there's no guarantee we can repeat it tomorrow...Earnest Hemingway had the nifty trick of always calling it a day at a point when he knew what came next. He built himself a bridge to the next day...A savvy stand-up comedian always knows to leave the audience begging for more. You should do the same with your work. Don't drive yourself to the point of being totally spent. Try to stop while you have a few drops left in the tank, and use that fuel to build a bridge to the next day."

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