All posts tagged: writing routine

Routines that Help Sustain Creativity

I came across this interesting post about the routines of some highly creative people. It features the top ten favorite routines of the editors of 99U, who conducted the interviews with various creatives. No. 1, “Take a quarterly vacation,” and No.6, “Take a Daily Nap,” are my top two favorites.  Care to develop a ritual or 2? Then read “10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal.” In “The Odd (And Effective) Routines of Famous Minds like Beethoven, Maya Angelou, and Francis Bacon,” you’ll read about how Maya Angelou rented a small hotel or motel room to do her writing. Nothing eccentric about that, but the habits of Francis Bacon, W.H. Auden and Beethoven, who counted exactly 60 coffee beans every morning are interesting, but hard to follow. I’m thinking hard about what routines I have and I hope drinking tea after a heavy meal counts, because I don’t seem to have any other. If I had known “How Mundane Routines Produce Creative Magic,” I would have established routines when I was younger. Perhaps it’s not too late. Want …

Establishing a Daily Writing Routine

I’ve been blogging about my on and off romance with early morning writing for sometime now. Every time I think I’ve established the daily routine and raise both arms in triumphant celebration, something just pops in my brain and pretty soon I’m not doing early morning writing again. I think that on an unconscious level, this is why I committed to daily blogging this year. It’s a public commitment that would not be so hard to put off. So far I’ve been consistently posting everyday – including Monday reblogs – which equates to time off for good behavior during the past week. I write and post my blogs whenever I have the time. But it hasn’t been an antidote for my failed attempts to keep a daily early morning date with the Muse. But the commitment to blog daily at least forces me to write everyday. I know the reason is neither laziness nor procrastination. Ok, so now I’m giving myself a nice excuse, because according to neuroscience, research indicates that creative personality types and habit/routine simply don’t go together. …