Bird’s Eye: Creativity is hard work: it means not running on auto-pilot. Matthew Ingram has a hilarious deconstruction of the creative life, while Phil Hansen’s TED talk looks at how to use your own limitations as a springboard into creativity. A look at the routines of an assortment of writers seems to indicate that you need to find your own path, as each of these did. And 11 creative suffixes allows you to make new creative words without being creative. That’s creatainment!
* Online Creativity Matthew Ingram The Oatmeal (Thanks, Diana!)
* How Seizing Your Limitations Can Be The Key To Creativity (Thanks, Sarah)
Phil Hansen, the artist in this video, doesn’t just work around his limitations — he actually uses them to his advantage to make mind-blowing art. Take that, innate human condition.
* The Daily Routines of Famous Writers Brain Pickings
William Gibson: When I’m writing a book I get up at seven. I check my e-mail and do Internet ablutions, as we do these days. I have a cup of coffee. Three days a week, I go to Pilates and am back by ten or eleven. Then I sit down and try to write. If absolutely nothing is happening, I’ll give myself permission to mow the lawn. But, generally, just sitting down and really trying is enough to get it started. I break for lunch, come back, and do it some more. And then, usually, a nap. Naps are essential to my process. Not dreams, but that state adjacent to sleep, the mind on waking.
[…] As I move through the book it becomes more demanding. At the beginning, I have a five-day workweek, and each day is roughly ten to five, with a break for lunch and a nap. At the very end, it’s a seven-day week, and it could be a twelve-hour day.
Toward the end of a book, the state of composition feels like a complex, chemically altered state that will go away if I don’t continue to give it what it needs. What it needs is simply to write all the time. Downtime other than simply sleeping becomes problematic. I’m always glad to see the back of that
* 11 Creative Suffixes That Inspire New Words Mental Floss
5. -cation It started with the staycation and the playcation. Soon –cation no longer cared to preserve the rhyme with vacation, and it roamed free among our leisure pursuits: foodcation, golfcation, shopcation, sleepcation. It can also refer to a break from work. Did you enjoy a recent stormcation? Are you hoping for a few days of snowcation this winter? Or will that make you long for a kidcation?