Monday, August 01, 2022

How to improve your working day

A very nice review of my Rooms of Their Own book combined with some thoughts about making the most of your work space and time by artist Ana Vila (who depicts one of her favourite spots above) in her latest The Sketch Club newsletter. Here's a snippet:

Set up your own routine and stick to it. Be disciplined with your creative practice.

First, know yourself: are you a morning person or an evening person? Most writers from the book start early in the morning and work until the afternoon. They set up their most convenient and productive schedule and follow it with iron discipline.

Some of them set up daily definite goals for each writing session, such as the number of words or pages (this brings the enormous task of writing a book down to manageable outcomes). Some others perform little rituals that help them get into the mood for writing, or review the notes they took the day before.

[Stephen] King is aiming for conditions conducive to what he describes as ‘creative sleep’, with the repetitive element as a kind of rite which prepares you for the ceremony of writing in the same way that your routine of going to bed helps you get ready for sleep.


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