Nothing like beginning a year with a solid pep talk. The following have been gleaned from this article in The Guardian. Enjoy.
Shostakovich could not have composed with the telly on.
The afternoon is the worst time for creativity.
~ Mark-Anthony Turnage, composer
Listen to a song enough times, and it provokes a Pavlovian response that helps you get back to the place you’re writing about.
Masturbate frequently. You’ll probably do that anyway, but you may as well make it a rule.
~ Anthony Neilson, playwright and director
Get an alarm with a long snooze function and set it early. Shallow-sleep dreams have been the source of many of my best ideas (sadly, small children are no respecters of prospective genius).
Love the effect over its cause.
~Rupert Goold, director
If ever a character asks another character, “What do you mean?”, the scene needs a rewrite.
It’s OK to use friends and lovers in your work. They are curiously flattered.
Reveal yourself in your writing, especially the bits you don’t like.
Accept that, as a result, people you don’t know won’t like you.
~ Lucy Prebble, playwright
It doesn’t always have to make sense.
~Susan Phillipsz, artist
Leave the house. Or better still, go to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and rescue a staffie.
~ Polly Morgan, artist
Alcohol and singing are not a good combination.
~ Kate Royal, soprano
~ Wayne McGregor, choreographer