"My underlying concerns in the book are issues that I struggle with in my own life: How do you do meaningful creative work while also earning a living? Is it better to devote yourself wholly to a project or to set aside a small portion of each day? And when there doesn’t seem to be enough time for all you hope to accomplish, must you give things up (sleep, income, a clean house), or can you learn to condense activities, to do more in less time, to “work smarter, not harder,” as my dad is always telling me? More broadly, are comfort and creativity incompatible, or is the opposite true: Is finding a basic level of daily comfort a prerequisite for sustained creative work?"
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Cure
A book detailing the daily routines of people like Kafka, Wolfe, Karl Marx, Agatha Christie, Woody Allen, Dickens, Picasso, Gershwin? Yeah, I’m sold. Just got bumped to the top of the list.
As someone who, no matter how busy, is constantly inspired to fiddle with some side project but finds too many excuses to dive deep enough, this topic is important to me. And if Anthony Trollope could write 3,000 words every morning before leaving for work at the Post Office, where he held a job for 33 years while writing more than 2 dozen books, then what’s my excuse?