Friday January 03, 2014

Daily Rituals

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Mason Currey knows a thing or two about creativity. He's the creator of the blog and book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, which describes the personal quirks and routines writers, composers, and other artists use to get into a creative mind frame. Mason has tips for anyone who wants to do their best creative work. You can also win a copy of the book!

Mason says that there are all kinds of different routines artists rely on (part of what he's doing is showcasing just that) but nonetheless there are common threads he's seen in looking at all those rituals.

1. Begin by Starting a Routine or Ritual in the First Place. It isn't so much a question of what it is, but simply having one. Mason says, it's a way "...of getting yourself into this certain state of mind or this certain creative mood on a daily basis".

2.  Identify Your Best Time of Day and Stick to It. A lot of the people in the book are morning people, which makes sense, Mason says, because you're doing the most important thing in your day first. But it's more about identifying what's the right time for you, and guarding that time for your work, than it is about necessarily writing in the morning.

3. Talk a Walk. A Long Walk. Mason says: "It seemed to be incredibly valuable. So many of the people in the book talk about how these long walks were the best gestational period for their work, the time when they really got their best ideas and also kind of broke through creative blocks."


We have copies of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work to give away. For your chance to win, leave a comment below, telling us your ritual for doing your best work.

Contest closes Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm Eastern. CBC contest rules apply.