My son and I both have this week off, and it has been a wonderful holiday so far! We have relaxed, and taken some great walks in the beautiful weather. My son spent Saturday with grandma, so my husband and I even had time for a lovely date. And even though time is going fast and it’s already Wednesday, we have made plenty of time for creative work up to this point.
My son has been practicing his drawing skills and working on a small comic strip. So, busy with all this creative work, we started to think about how different people have different ways of working.
Where do you like to do your creative work? (Writing, drawing… whatever you prefer to do.) Is there a place where you feel your creative juices flow most naturally?
How Some Famous Authors Found Their Flow.
It is fascinating how creative types work best under different conditions, and using different rituals. Here are a few famous examples of how some authors have found their flow:
Laying Down: Maya Angelou (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) would rent a hotel room for several months at a time. She would ask the staff to remove all visual stimuli from the walls. Then, she would spend about 5 or 6 hours each morning in the hotel room, writing on the bed while leaning on her elbow.
Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) has called himself a “horizontal author”, finding his muse while laying on a couch or a bed.
Standing up: Apparently, Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man And The Sea standing up! He would wake up at dawn and pour out his thoughts, standing over his typewriter until noon. Then, he would head to the bar!
Out and about: J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) loves to wonder into a cafe with her notebook and write blissfully, seeing where it will take her.
Creative people tend to have their unique preferences! Some people love to lay down, others sit at a table, or a desk. Some people like their space cluttered, others like it clear and sparse. Some like to work in a dark space, others like a bright work area. Some like a quiet space, others like a lot of action and activity around them.
How About The Humble Hobby Artists Around This House?
How do we like to work around here? Well, my son loves to draw (and sometimes write) in the late evening, right before bedtime. He lies down comfortably on the rug on his bedroom floor, and turns on his work lamp. Aside from that light source, he likes the room dark as he gets his ideas down on paper.
Me? When writing, I like to sit comfortably on the couch or, my favourite place to write, on my bed. I like the room bright with warm light. Normally, I do my visual art in the studio, but sometimes I even like to sketch while in bed. In fact, that is where I did the quick sketch featured above. (It is not based on any of the rooms in our house, but rather on the idea of small spaces, which kind of fascinate me). Anyhow, this is all very amusing to my spouse, an early bird who jumps out of bed as soon as he opens his eyes!
Where do you like to work? We’d love to hear about it.
The first image is by saphatthachat, the second image is by Graur Codrin, and the third image is by Witthaya Phonsawat. All of three images are courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net.