Be sure to head on over to friend and colleague Katherine Wikoff’s blog to read her latest post, “Hawks Do Not Share”: Re-considering Zelda Fitzgerald:

“In creative fields, it’s all about the work.  One of the first things we learned in graduate school, in fact, was:  You’ve got to protect the work.  You need to protect the time slot in your schedule during which creative work can happen.  That’s hard.   It means the work has to come first, get just about the highest priority, be placed at the very center of your existence, and everything else revolves around that.

Establishing a successful, long-term “creative” life requires that you sustain a boring, routine “real” life.  It’s that maintenance that’s tricky; otherwise, the spark flares too brightly and burns itself out.” Read More