“The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.” – John Cheever
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
This blogpost, Writing Habits, discusses the way some writers can force inspiration while others wait for it.
I wonder if these habits correspond to the homework habit one had as a child. Some kid’s parents had them go to their room for homework during the same hours each day while some of us worked in study halls, restaurants, or in a noisy living room.
I find I work best with some noise. I write blog posts in cafes and papers with movies as background, I wrote my BA thesis while “watching” Lord of the Rings on repeat about 12 times, and my most recent paper with Holst, The Planets as background.
Have you browsed Queen Victoria’s Journals yet? Queen Elizabeth has made the entire collection available online to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. If you have ever been interested in Queen Victoria, British history, Jane Austen or historical novels at all, you must read these. The journals begin with a chronicle of a trip to Wales taken when (then) Princess Victoria was thirteen years old. Continue reading Queen Victoria’s Journals→