In the writing world one often hears about quirks and habits that others have in order to get as much work done as possible. Some people can only work with instrumental music, some have to have complete silence. One person must have a certain type of tea or wine while the other one needs a bowl of Skittles beside their special laptop.
It is very interesting to me to read about these differences between writers. Actually, its not just writers at all, but nearly all types of artists who have these habits and must-haves.
This article over at The Sprint Shack got me thinking about why we have these habits. Does it actually have something to do with the creative processes, or is it just a mental block thing that we could get over if we really wanted to?
For myself when I write, I spend very little time getting things ready to make it go as smoothly as possible. More than likely, I pick up my laptop (sometimes my notebook), get comfortable – either stretched out across the bed or in a corner of the couch – put on soundtrack music, and just go. I’m not even that picky about my music. I have a list of Spotify playlists that I pick from randomly depending on my mood. “Soundtrack” is probably the only thing they all have in common! And the same routine goes for when I do artwork.
I don’t usually eat while I’m “creating”, although I know a lot of artists that nibble the whole time they are drawing or writing. I keep dark chocolate on hand for when I stop and think about where I’m going next. I also keep water on hand for breaks.
What, if any, are the routines and/or habits that you have when it comes to your creative ventures? I would love to do a compilation of different responses to see what seems to channel the most inspiration!