Tools & Process

Mark Twain’s Library and Studio. Environment is very important to the creative process and one’s ability to enter and engage in flow. This page will highlight these and other ideas about creativity and the writing life.

This page is devoted to tools and processes of creativity in general and writing in particular. Continue to check up on this page, for content will be uploaded to it on a regular basis.

My background is in creativity studies that I have applied to my work as a writer. This page is a way to share some of my knowledge with you, the reader, as well as glean from your comments and additions/suggestions.

 

Why Daily Rituals Is One Of The Best Books On Creativity You’ll Ever Read

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Daily Rituals by Mason Currey is one of the best books on creativity I’ve ever read–almost as good as the Paris Review. What it does is provide short snippet biographies of creative people and their daily ways of living and work. Ever feel like a freak? Ever feel like you work differently than other people, or you do something that seems peculiar to others? Perhaps you have an addiction to coffee that your peers find obsessive. Do you feel you are overly regulated about your schedule? This book is for you. I turn to it again and again.

As written elsewhere, writing is a lunch-bucket job. It’s not about how you feel. It’s not about waiting for the inspiration to strike. It’s not a romp in the pasture in the throes of budding Spring–though of course it can certainly feel that way when you’re ‘in’. No. Time and again, we are seeing that writing or any kind of creative activity involves a deliberate schedule.

What I love about this book is that it’s helped me understand the importance of routine as well as get clear on my own. And as a writer with a full-time job and busy family life, my routine has to be tightly nailed down. There was a well-known study done that I will write more about later, that showed through behavioural analysis that writing is one of the most difficult things one can do, and demands high levels of self-motivation. Daily routine is important for self-motivation: the more you write on a regular basis, the more you will continue to write.

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