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Benjamin Franklin's daily routine, guided by excellent morning and evening questions. The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Brain Pickings
a writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude.... and then finds endless ways to squander it.
Joan Didion creates for herself a kind of incubation period for ideas, articulated in this 1968 interview: I need an hour alone before dinner, with a drink, to go over what I’ve done that day. I can’t do it late in the afternoon because I’m too close to it. Also, the drink helps. It removes me from the pages. So I spend this hour taking things out and putting other things in.
The energy of writing is so intense and internal, it sometimes makes you feel like you’re going to crumple. A lot of it happens invisibly. When you’re sitting at your desk, it looks like you’re just sitting there, doing nothing.
The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine
The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine | Brain Pickings