Daily ritual — absolutely crucial if you want to do any kind of creative work.
The other ingredient? Self-belief.
Here's what I know:
1. There's no such thing as writer's block.
2. Getting up early is the best way to marshal your wakening brain with your deepest energy.
3. Good coffee.
4. No alcohol.
5. No internet (doh).
6. Knowing what task you need to start on.
7. Only attempting one task.
8. Continually feeding your memory of yourself as in love with art. Galleries, books, films. And make notes on what you see.
9. Walk everywhere.
10. Never react to other people's messy excess.
11. Talk about your work with others who actually feed rather than crushing you. But don't talk about how hard it is to write (nothing is more boring either to say or to hear), just about how to solve the technical problem you're grappling with. Writing is both solitary and collaborative — after all, you're doing it to be read, aren't you?
12. Listen. Listen. Listen.
Had I actually observed these rituals, I'd have written and published several more of the books that infest my head.
Onwards and upwards.