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Sadly, some people never get beyond the box stage in their creative life. We all know people who have announced that theyve started work on a project
say, a book
but some time passes, and when you politely ask how its going, they tell you that theyre still researching. Weeks, months, years pass and they produce nothing. They have tons of research but its never enough to nudge them toward the actual process of writing the book.
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Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box

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Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways.

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When I was a kid, the avant-garde to me was boring because it was just the flip side of being really successful.

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I don't hate language. I have my own language, but I also enjoy the English language. Obviously, you don't read a lot of literature and not care about language.

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I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury.

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I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand.

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I find that dancers are only well trained in ballet these days.

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If I didn't believe in myself as a dancer, I wouldn't choreograph.

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In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them.

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Schubert had arguably the same melodic gift as Mozart, but even less support. He didn't have the early exposure, never got to travel anywhere, and yet generated and amassed a body of work that grew and developed and is very profound.

— Twyla Tharp

Sadly, some people never get beyond the box stage in their creative life. We all know people who have announced that they've started work on a project
say, a book
but some time passes, and when you politely ask how it's going, they tell you that they're still researching. Weeks, months, years pass and they produce nothing. They have tons of research but it's never enough to nudge them toward the actual process of writing the book.

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Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life.

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I had received my first establishment grants in response to applications filed the year before. To the pages of baffling forms I had simply attached a handwritten note saying, 'I make dances, not applications. Send the money. Love, Twyla.

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It's vital to establish some rituals-automatic but decisive patterns of behavior-at the beginning of the creative process, when you are most at peril of turning back, chickening out, giving up, or going the wrong way.

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In order to be creative, you have to know how to prepare to be creative.

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That's what improvising is like for me. There's no tollbooth between my impulse and my action.

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Without the little ideas, there are no big ideas.

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I was valedictorian. Did I enjoy going to school? I hated it. It wasn't a choice on my part, it was expected.

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Obligation is a flimsy base for creativity, way down the list behind passion, courage, instinct, and the desire to do something great.

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Confidence is a trait that has to be earned honestly and refreshed constantly; you have to work as hard to protect your skills as you did to develop them ... The one thing that creative souls around the world have in common is that they all have to practice to maintain their skills. Art is a vast democracy of habit.

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