by Twyla Tharp; Mark Reiter Book
On pointe at the keyboard    (2009-07-01)
Writing Down the Bones (Goldberg), One Writers' Beginnings (Welty), On Writing (King), A Sense of Place (Crews) are each of them treasured for holding my hand & guiding me along in the world of writing. To my personal pantheon I add a book from a dancer of legendary skill & artistry, whose biography I read some time back & ended reluctantly, wishing I had more books from her.
Now I have that book & I'm telling my writer pals about Tywla Tharpe's THE CREATIVE HABIT.
It will dance you out of bed, keep you out of the lounge chair (unless you are writing there) & send you into months of progress on whatever it is you're working on - ballad about a boy killed by Florida prison guards, an alphabet book based on moths, your revision of a novel set in the 1960s, or today's homemade birthday poem.
It is fantabulous to learn that for those of us who cherish the work of children's literature creatives, one of Ms. Tharpe's longtime advisors in her posse of creatives whom she tries out ideas on, is Maurice Sendak. Enuf said.
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