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How artists work

How artists work

The work of top creatives follows a consistent pattern and routine:

  • Maya Angelou would rent a local hotel to write, from 6:30 AM until 2 PM. She would never sleep at the hotel.
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon writes five nights per week from 10 PM to 3 AM.
  • Haruki Murakami wakes up at 4 AM, writes for five hours, and then goes for a run.

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The power in Scheduling

If you’re serious about creating something, stop waiting for motivation and creative inspiration to strike you and simply set a schedule for doing work on a consistent basis.

You can’t selectively choose your best moments and only work on the days when you have great ideas. The only way to unveil the great ideas inside of you is to go through a volume of work, put in your repetitions, and show up over and over again.

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Power of a Schedule

World's greatest artists depended not upon creative inspiration or motivation but on consistent patterns and routines :

  • Franz Kafka repeated his strict schedule - job, lunch, nap, exercise, dinner and writing.
  • Maya Angelou wrote for 7 hours in a rented hotel room and returned home to edit her work and sleep.
  • Harumi Murakami wakes up at 4 AM, writes for 5 hours and goes for a run.
  • Pulitzer Awardee Michael Chavon writes from 10 PM to 3 AM, five nights a week.

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The essence of motivation

Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same.

In other words, at some point,  it becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it.

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Creativity
The creative process is the act of making new connections between old ideas or recognizing relationships between concepts.

While being creative isn't easy, nearly all great ideas follow a similar 5 step creative process.

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