THE SLEEP PATTERNS OF FAMOUS WRITERS // A PERFECT STEAL FROM BRAIN PICKINGS

God I love Brain Pickings. It’s such a good website. Maria Popova is amazing. The content is always so peculiar and brilliantly presented.  And I always feel like it’s a representation of thoughts I wish I could have.  It gives me the same feeling I get when I listen to This American Life.  Take this illustrated piece on the sleep habits of famous writers for example.  Who wouldn’t wanna know this?  Charles Bukowsky (no surprises here at all) makes me feel less bad about waking up late sometimes, but jees not that late, that’s half the day gone.  Mmmm I wonder what he could have been doing all night which may have caused him to sleep in like that? As a writer and aspiring author, I don’t have a routine on lockdown yet, my life is too erratic and I lack the discipline but I’m trying.  I usually write best after midnight when the chances of interruption are very low or when I’m supposed to be doing something else.  This morning I started writing at 7 and ended at 9 and while I will probably not use what I wrote, apparently as a creative, your job is to show up to work every single day.  Your muse or genius or that stroke of truth we all wish for shows up when it feels like it.  Ask Elizabeth Gilbert about that.

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