Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits | Brain Pickings




Hemingway wrote standing, Nabokov on index cards, Twain while puffing cigars, and Sitwell in an open coffin.


“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone,” the William James’s famous words on habit echo. “Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”


Given this omnibus of the daily routines of famous writers was not only one of my favorite articles to research but also the most-read and -shared one in the entire history of Brain Pickings, imagine my delight at the release ofDaily Rituals: How Artists Work (public library) by Mason Currey, based on his blog of the same title. Currey, who culled the famous routines from a formidable array of interviews, diaries, letters, and magazine profiles, writes in the introduction:




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Advice for Writers, From The Famous of Them


“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Albert Camus

Meghan Masterson

Writing is an isolating activity. Not only do you, as a writer, spend hours by yourself on a computer or with a notebook, you also become immersed in a different world, and obsess over people who don’t exist outside of your own head. It can be pretty disorienting. One moment, you’re scribbling down a tense argument between your two main characters, and the next thing you know there’s a burned grilled cheese in your kitchen. Did you make that? (Yes. You did. ProTip: Never cook and write. Don’t be all, “This grilled cheese won’t need to be flipped for like five minutes, so I can totally write the next paragraph and come back.” You know you won’t be back in five minutes).

As long as you’re surrounded by books and have the internet, you’re never really alone. Many writers have been through the same situations, and know all the hardships…

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