page 43 A practice is

“A practice is the embodiment of an approach to a concept.” — Rick Rubin, The Creative Act, page 43

  • Practice / embodiment / approach / concept … a deceptively simple sentence. It may have too much in it. We could mull it over for a lifetime.

  • How great to both free the word practice from the torture of childhood piano lessons and then, liberated of those anxieties, have it go on to substantiate my annoying need to find meaning in everything I do. I’m not just doing the dishes, silly: I’m embodying an approach to a concept of dish-doing. Trust me.

  • Oh wait — we need to reverse this, right? Begin with a concept, choose an approach to it, then embody that approach as your work enters the real world. Rinse, repeat, and poof — that’s a practice.

The Creative re-Action:

Responding to Rick Rubin's "The Creative Act"

Is just that. I open the book at random. I read a sentence. I respond to it.