Literary legend has it that Edith Sitwell used to lie in an open coffin for a while before she began her day's work; this foretaste of the grave was supposed to inspire her macabre fiction and poetry.
This is an out take from the book Daily Rituals, How Artists Work by Mason Curry. The book is a collection of the daily routines of writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations. The creatives included those long gone as well as those still living. I found this an inspiring read because these are very obviously flawed humans simply doing there best to continue in their creative journey. It is particularly helpful for me to hear how much struggle was a regular part of staying on course for people who left such enduring legacies of great work. If they had a hard time keeping on keeping on why should I be surprised at the daily hurdles I face. It helps to know that we are in good company with our flaws and idiosyncrasies.