"I devised this questionnaire because it forces us to go back to our
origins, our earliest memories, our first causes. We change through life, but we cannot deny our sources, and this test is one way to recall those roots.
The better you know yourself, the more you will know when you are playing to your strengths and when you are sticking your neck out. Venturing out of your comfort zone may be dangerous, yet you do it anyway because our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable."
Twyla says "if even one answer tells you something new about yourself you are one step closer to understanding your creative DNA."
It is important to answer the questions quickly, instinctively and honestly. I was surprised by some of the things that I realized about myself as I answered the questions. I am listing the questions here in the hope that you may get one step closer to understanding your creative DNA.
Your Creative Autobiography (taken from The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp)
- What is the first creative moment you remember?
- Was anyone there to witness or appreciate it?
- What is the best idea you've ever had?
- What made it great in your mind?
- What is the dumbest idea?
- What made it stupid?
- Can you connect the dots that led you to this idea?
- What is your creative ambition?
- What are the obstacles to this ambition?
- What are the vital steps to achieving this ambition?
- How do you begin your day?
- What are your habits? What patterns do you repeat?
- Describe your first successful creative act?
- Describe your second successful creative act?
- Compare them?
- What are your attitudes toward: money, power, praise, rivals, work, play?
- Which artists do you admire most?
- Why are they your role models?
- What do you and your role models have in common?
- Does anyone in your life regularly inspire you?
- Who is your muse?
- Define muse.
- When confronted with superior intelligence or talent, how do you respond?
- When faced with stupidity, hostility, intransigence, laziness, or indifference in others, how do you respond?
- When faced with impending success or the threat of failure, how do you respond?
- When you work, do you love the process or the result?
- At what moments do you feel your reach exceeds your grasp?
- What is your ideal creative activity?
- What is your greatest fear?
- What is the likelihood of either of the answers to the previous two questions happening?
- Which of your answers would you most like to change?
- What is your idea of mastery?
- What is your greatest dream?