Last Week: Go Creative With… Charles Dickens

Creativity is a habit and cultivating good creative work means cultivating good creative habits.  But what about the bad ones?  Don’t you need the sex ‘n’ drugs to make the rock ‘n’ roll? Patti Smith

No, says one of the greatest rockers of them all, Patti Smith, in Interview Magazine. “I’ve seen a lot of people go down because they attach a harmful substance to their creative process. A lot of it is purely habitual. They don’t need it, but they think they do, so it becomes entrenched.

“Coffee was part of my process. I used to drink like 14 cups a day… Now, if I want to go to a cafe and write and to drink coffee for two hours, I just order them. I don’t drink them.

“What I do is order an americano and a pot of water and I keep diluting it — because it’s not the coffee, it’s the habit.

“A lot is just aesthetic. It’s the feeling of how cool I feel with my coffee…”

What habits feed your aesthetic, your process?

Next Week: Go Creative With… PL Travers

Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist and poet, advocate for self-publishing and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).