On Inspired Routines, Free of Winter Madness

When the days are short, wintery and dark I personally feel the boundaries of my daily routines closing in about me until I realize that I am able to adjust them to Fit Just Right. As we collectively start into the winter ahead, might I suggest some blog reading and simple adjustments to make life more enjoyable? A daily cup of tea (Early Grey for its uplifting bergamot perhaps), some light therapy care of full-spectrum light bulbs to ward off the winter blues, dance parties and the Brain Pickings blog, which is chockful of inspiring ideas from famous smart people. Check out this recent entry, The Daily Routines of Famous Writers.

Henry Miller‘s daily routine according to Brain Pickings:

If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus.

If in fine fettle, write.


Work of section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.


See friends. Read in cafés.

Explore unfamiliar sections — on foot if wet, on bicycle if dry.

Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program.

Paint if empty or tired.

Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of MS.

Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafés and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.

Author: Amber Goodwyn

Amber Goodwyn is a Montrealer freshly moved to the prairies where she's found a home in journalism at Prairie Dog Magazine. A jack-of-all-trades, she hopes to master some (hell, any) of the following before she expires: writing, music making, filmmaking, DJing, Werewolves.

8 thoughts on “On Inspired Routines, Free of Winter Madness”

  1. I think it was John Ruskin who said that he had to ask his friends to consider him dead while he was writing. William S. Burroughs also had an interesting daily schedule, which included sharpening pencils and going to bed with Kiki.
    A daily walk outsdie in winter is invaluable.

  2. Amber alert, it was a comment on our distracted lives today, short attention spans, disposable media etc. versus times when people could more easily separate themselves and focus. How many dang kids these days even read books over 100 pages? (Hunger Games et al. excluded)? They’re all about their Twitter and jello nowadays.

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