Tuesday Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Scratch

In her book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp defines scratching as the search for an idea to get you started.

As you look for something to strike that creative spark, look to those that have gone before.  If you paint, look at paintings you admire; if you write, read the masters or read authors you admire; cook, look in old cookbooks.  The list goes on.

Don’t worry that you’ll inadvertently steal someone else’s work.  The spark you get from whatever you look at, from whatever you see or hear or do, will lead you in a different direction than the inspiration.

Go ahead.  Scratch.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. zazazu
    Jan 29, 2008 @ 13:56:32

    So… can I save this to put on my The Artist’s Way blog for sometime later…? 😉 Loved this today… very inspiring!

    Reply

  2. Jen
    Jan 29, 2008 @ 14:35:50

    Sure, if you provide a link back to the original post, please. 🙂

    Reply

  3. butterflylion21
    Jan 29, 2008 @ 17:50:04

    hi! great idea..can i also use this post in my future post about The Artist’s Way and creativity? i’ll definitely make the proper link to it.

    i just wrote in my blog about being inspired. He led me to your blog. serendipity! =D

    thanks so much in advance. =)

    Reply

  4. Jen
    Jan 29, 2008 @ 19:57:14

    So long as you link back, you can include anything you find on this blog in yours.

    If there are any exceptions to that, I’ll post it at the beginning of the entry that it applies to.

    Reply

  5. Dawn
    Jan 30, 2008 @ 09:32:57

    By saying she’s not reminding us, the author is doing the exact opposite.

    Don’t picture a pink elephant. Whatever you do. There are no pink elephants here.

    What image came into your mind? 😉

    However, your blog post brings up a very good point–everyone, even creative people, do need to be reminded that ideas are everywhere!

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  6. Jen
    Jan 30, 2008 @ 11:44:12

    You do raise a good point there. Ordinarily, I would agree except that this was only two lines out of a 243-page book. I had to re-read the entire chapter in order to find those two sentences. *S*

    Reply

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