Jul 302012

How do you do your work? In front of people? With doors locked? Wrapped in barbed wire?
Sitting on a rock overlooking the ocean? Right there in the middle of the freeway? With a box? With a fox?

So how do I get my stuff done? It’s complicated. The process is probably the most individual thing about creativity. Hemingway liked to write standing up, most likely with a drink close by. Victor Hugo dealt with writer’s block by in the nude (that’s a visual for you) and with nothing in the room except himself, a pen and some paper. I also like to work standing up, with the stereo pushing some heavy jazz near the threshhold of pain.

The process is so individual that most of the how-to advice becomes useless. How you work is how you work, and it’s as much a part of you as your fingerprints.