The theme that most stood out to me in The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp and The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin is the repetition and habits behind creating. These readings really resonated with me because I was able to identify my own habits when I create. In The Creative Habit, I was reassured by Tharp’s assertion that the creative habit includes dead space. For example I notice that when I write papers, I just have to start writing words, even if they don’t make sense, in order to get into my stride. Typing helps me to get my thoughts in order and helps me to focus on what I really want to say. Part of my creative habit is writing and then re-writing. Before reading Tharp’s book, I thought that i was just wasting time putting down words to make me feel like I accomplished something. Now I understand that I need to do this in order to create something worthwhile.
In The Icarus Deception, Godin cites the Lizard Brain, the thing that instills fear in you and keeps you from creating. I know that I have encountered this situation. I have ideas that are creative and i think they can be successful, but then my lizard brain makes me think of everything that can go wrong and prevents me from going through with my idea. The only way to overcome the lizard brain is to just take the chance and put your ideas into action. Some may not work out the way you want them to, but for those ideas that are successful, it will be worth all of the trails and errors. There is no shame in trying something new, you will only regret what you don’t try.