And the #1 Habit of “Highly Creative People” is…?

…Solitude, doods. But all of us already knew that, didn’t we? Cuz we discovered that truth the way creative people discover everything: All by our lonesomes.

solitude and light

But if you’re the kinda peep who needs authority figures, here ya go:

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People – by Leo Babauta

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for contructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May

Creativity is a nebulous, murky topic that fascinates me endlessly — how does it work? What habits to creative people do that makes them so successful at creativity?

I’ve reflected on my own creative habits, but decided I’d look at the habits that others consider important to their creativity. I picked a handful of creatives, almost at random — there are so many that picking the best would be impossible, so I just picked some that I admire, who came to mind when I thought of the word “creative”.

This was going to be a list of their creative habits … but in reviewing their lists, and my own habits, I found one that stood out. And it stands out if you review the habits and quotes from great creative people in history.

It’s the Most Important Habit when it comes to creativity.

After you read the No. 1 habit, please scroll down and read the No. 2 habit — they might seem contradictory but in my experience, you can’t really hit your creative stride until you find a way to balance both habits.

Read it all

solitude and bukowski

munchman: iPad App and CBS in the Same Sentence? Really?

CBS Connect

I’m young and naive, so a lot of things connected with showbiz awe me. As awesomeness goes, though, this is right at the top.

It seems that CBS has something called CBS Connect, which is a “social hub” aggregating Twitter and Facebook posts about CBS shows, and which lets fans chat live with each other and CBS stars. And now the network has added an iPad app for said hub.

It’s a solid, well-functioning app that does just what it’s supposed to with a minimum of fuss, and for those who are big CBS watchers its awesomeness is right out there…and very cool.


We’re talking about an iPad app here, gang. For CBS, AKA The Geriatric Network. A network with the oldest viewer demographic in TV. In other words, a demographic that doesn’t use iPads and would never use an app even if they did. The demo that’s constantly being mocked as technologically challenged at best.

So what does this mean? Will the CBS Connect app fail miserably because the content and the technology are incompatible? Or does CBS Boss (and, yes, we’re using “Boss” in the video game sense here) Les Moonves know something the followers of conventional wisdom don’t?

Specifically, can it be that Les knows that his network’s audience of oldsters isn’t as enfeebled as the nerds keep saying? That the war between over-40 year olds and tech is a myth? That our parents and grandparents know more than we think?

In its never-ending search for truth, TVWriter™ is going to keep its eye on what happens here and let you know. Or maybe we won’t have to. You’ll get the message yourself from the explosion that occurs if Our Fearsomely Aging Leader, LB, discovers that his archenemy, the Mooner, isn’t just singing along with LB’s anti-ageism song, but proving it’s right, and making a fortune as a result.

The old rock-and-a-hard-place routine. I love it. How about you, LB?

Stay tuned.

Peer Production: MARIO WARFARE

Super Mario Brothers meets Blackhawk Down

Sometimes the creativity of so-called “amateurs” just astounds us. This Mario Brothers parody, combining elements of  the Mario Brothers games and war movies is right up there with the best of the pros.

Our favorite Kickstarter.Com project of the new year!

And, speaking of Kickstarter, this particular project also has one of the strongest presentations/sales pitches we’ve ever seen. If you’re planning on doing something there, Check this out.

Bigshot Writers Commissioned to Write DOCTOR WHO Short Stories

…Cuz fan fiction by big names is the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. (But we hear munchman’s gonna write one and try to hack it onto the DOCTOR WHO site at the most inappropriate time.

Doctor Who companions site

Doctor Who short stories announced for 50th anniversary – by psychotronicvortex

A new series of Doctor Who stories is set to be published monthly to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the hit television programme.

The 11 tales, known as “eshorts”, will each be written by a well-known children’s author.

Each story will feature one of the various regenerations of the Doctor, starting with William Hartnell, who played the character from 1963-1966.

A paperback of the stories will be published by Puffin in November.

The first children’s author will be revealed on the BBC Worldwide Doctor WhoFacebook page on Monday 7 January, followed by the first story on Wednesday 23 January.

A promotional video of each author will also be available each month on the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel starting on Friday 11 January.

EDITED TO ADD: This just in. Eoin Colfer, writer of the Artemis Fowl book series, has been announced as the writer of the first DOCTOR WHO story, A Big Hand for the Doctor. 10 more to come.

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

Cuz we wanna live just like Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, E.B. White, Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, et al  if and when we ever grow up:


by Maria Popova

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and interviews — many from the fantastic Paris Review archives — and culled a handful of writing routines from some of my favorite authors. Enjoy.

Ray Bradbury, a lifelong proponent of working with joy and an avid champion of public libraries, playfully defies the question of routines in this 2010 interview:

My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this.


I can work anywhere. I wrote in bedrooms and living rooms when I was growing up with my parents and my brother in a small house in Los Angeles. I worked on my typewriter in the living room, with the radio and my mother and dad and brother all talking at the same time. Later on, when I wanted to write Fahrenheit 451, I went up to UCLA and found a basement typing room where, if you inserted ten cents into the typewriter, you could buy thirty minutes of typing time.

Joan Didion creates for herself a kind of incubation period for ideas, articulated in this 1968 interview:

I need an hour alone before dinner, with a drink, to go over what I’ve done that day. I can’t do it late in the afternoon because I’m too close to it. Also, the drink helps. It removes me from the pages. So I spend this hour taking things out and putting other things in. Then I start the next day by redoing all of what I did the day before, following these evening notes. When I’m really working I don’t like to go out or have anybody to dinner, because then I lose the hour. If I don’t have the hour, and start the next day with just some bad pages and nowhere to go, I’m in low spirits. Another thing I need to do, when I’m near the end of the book, is sleep in the same room with it. That’s one reason I go home to Sacramento to finish things. Somehow the book doesn’t leave you when you’re asleep right next to it. In Sacramento nobody cares if I appear or not. I can just get up and start typing.

Read it all