In How Mundane Routines Produce Creative Magic by Mark McGuinnes, he proposes that some of the most creative people have extraordinarily boring and repetitive daily routines. He says, “By repeating the same routine every day, all these creators are effectively… altering their state of consciousness in order to access the “deeper state of mind” that allows them to work their creative magic.” Of course that made me think of how this might apply to my writing.
Some writers prefer to wait for “inspiration.” If they’re not in the mood, they just wait to write another day. Others prefer a set, Nano-like daily word count, and almost certainly, a predictable routine to go with it. In On Writing, Stephen King wrote about his goal of writing two thousand words a day, starting in the morning, and typically finishing around noon. Seven days a week. The King model works better for me.
On the other hand, I don’t think the two techniques are as different as they might appear. The first group would contend they need to be creatively inspired. But my contention would be the second group simply uses their predictable routines and schedules to put themselves into a creative mood, suitable for writing. Both types of writers would agree they need a certain state of mind to write well. The predictable crowd simply use their routines as a tool to create the proper state of mind.
Take a look at Mark’s article, and weigh in with your thoughts in the Comments Section. (OP12/11/2013)