Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
ISBN: 0307273601
EAN13: 9780307273604
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 23, 2013
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.4" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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5
   Eye opener
As an artist, it can be hard to create a daily routine that works. What fun to hear what other people have done in the arts. It is like a little window into their lives.
 
5
   Loved it!
This book is a treasure trove of information about the lives of famous people, someone who is interested in private lives of people. It gives fascinating hints into their creative arrangements and living processes.
 
5
   It is nice to see that the struggle to sit down and ...
For quite some time, I have this book on my wish list ''. I really haven't treated it and it has been a treat. It is fascinating to me as I find ways to make my own creative time more fruitful to see what others have done. It is nice to see that the struggle to sit and get to it has been important to anyone with universal work to do. Many of the ideas I've encountered lately over the past few years that have been endorsed by study and research were actually read by many on their own, even centuries ago. This gem will be on my own shelf of favorites.
 
5
   A must read for every artist, musician or other creative type.
I got it as a Christmas gift for her. She said that she thinks about every artist, musician or other creative type.
 
4
   Bite-sized Biographies
The author remained true to the formula throughout. It may have been more helpful if all subjects were better identified, but is no problem on Kindle, as the Wikipedia articles are only one touch away.
 
4
   Four Stars
Short biography of known artists, composers and writers, working habits.
 
5
   Ordinary rituals lead to extraordinary art
Excellent book for those readers who want to get a glimpse into the routines of extraordinary talented artists... namely, that even true masters must find the daily ritual of daily life a necessity when creating great work. The creative process is often thought of as elusive and transient, however this book goes to great lengths to show how a steady working schedule can often lead to some of the greatest creative achievements of the modern world. Very inspiring for those who want to create in their day some kind of art...
 
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   and do their best work in the first several hours of the day
Here is the takeaway : The people described in this book work very hard and often VERY long hours. Regular, extended exercise - usually walking - is often an important part of their routines. They are mostly early risers, with significant exceptions, and do their best work in the first several hours of the day. There are a few nightowls, but not many. They have a routine of work that they adhere almost fanatically. Lastly, habits are key in their successes and productivity. There, I've saved the price of this book. The stories about the different artists are often interesting on their own account and very useful in fleshing out the takeaways listed above. I don 't think it is intended as a self-help book. The author does not attempt to derive a series of lessons from his activities, but emerges a pattern after reading a lot of these.
 
5
   fun read
It contains all the elements of the gossip - column and factoid. When you are reading this mind candy and has any interest in writing habits of authors, sculptors, mathematicians or philosophers. It will make you want to work a little longer in imitation, alternately take a nap in empiricism. Good book for the nightstand, the bathroom or the workstation.
 
5
   Not for everyone
If you know someone who regularly creates things like poems or art or crafts, then you know that there is some compulsion involved. This much-deserved book takes a look at the structures surrounding those compulsions in the work habits of these sweet people. Some of these structures take the form of a chemical nest, a time-table or a necessary state. Currey does not try to impose some connection between the compulsion and the structure, he lets it be. There is lots of room for the reader to imagine his own Aha, so that's why...
 
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