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  • Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

    Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge:

    In the Guardian today.
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    that "most viewed" thing in the Guardian mobile app is a bit odd.

    the story you've referenced appears today, but is from Saturday October 5th...

    interesting nonetheless. benzedrine unites Kerouac and Ayn Rand. lovely.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by alanmck View Post
      that "most viewed" thing in the Guardian mobile app is a bit odd.
      Oops...I didn't clock the date. I posted it because very early in the morning is my favourite time of the day for doing anything vaguely creative and always has been. Quiet. Calm. Fuzzy but fresh.

      Sadly the 'genius' bit hasn't arrived yet and I still take much longer to finish anything than anyone else I know.

      Any other early risers / early workers here for me to befriend? Maybe we could start an early risers social group to tweet, ring, email and chat to each other from 4am onwards, thereby destroying everything we like about that time of the day but gaining a good excuse for not being geniuses / geniuii.
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      • #4
        This morning I arose ,bathed, breakfasted on coffee and sausage rolls, smoked a reefer went back to bed. Genius.
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        • #5
          Fishing is the only thing worth getting up early for.

          One day when I was 18 I leapt out of bed, ran down to the canal, landed five handsome jack pike up to five pounds on a plug, came home, had a shower, went to school and took two A 'levels (an A and a B).

          Your neck of the woods is full of pike, Ian. And eels, which are delicious.

          Imagine the joy of your loved ones as they stumble blearily into the kitchen to find you skinning an eel on a hook for a special breakfast
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ian Townsend View Post
            Sadly the 'genius' bit hasn't arrived yet and I still take much longer to finish anything than anyone else I know.
            No shit.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Col Wolfe View Post
              No shit.
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              • #8
                My alarm goes off at 4.00 AM tomorrow . At this time of year it is completely zero fun, however around May, June and July it is more often a total joy. Usually the blackbird wakes me up to beautiful skies, cool fresh air and the feeling that the day belongs to me. Simply the greatest time of day.

                If I was a genius or a creative type I'd certainly be super productive - work would be completed by 9.00 AM and the rest of the day could be spent in a drug addled stupor or maybe just pootling around the veg patch.

                Glad to know I'm not the only early riser
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                • #9
                  Interesting read, thanks for posting! I used to appreciate work getting me in the routine of waking up early but now I've slipped out of that habit. The only one of those six rules I do adhere to is the systematic substance abuse. Already planning tomorrow's early morning naked cycle though.

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                  • #10
                    I'm the opposite, feeling most alert and productive between 12-2 am. If you'll excuse me, I have work to do now.
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                    • #11
                      Where's everyone at? After listening to some Johann Johannsson, and waiting for the sun to come up, I shall be off into the garden with a chainsaw.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mumbles View Post
                        the rest of the day could be spent in a drug addled stupor and just pootling around the veg patch.
                        fixed

                        Originally posted by kestrel blazer View Post
                        After listening to some Johann Johannsson, and waiting for the sun to come up, I shall be off into the garden with a chainsaw.
                        Sounds like the plot of an Aki Kaurismaki film
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ginghamkitchen View Post
                          I'm the opposite, feeling most alert and productive between 12-2 am. If you'll excuse me, I have work to do now.
                          Same here, mornings are when you realize the creative thoughts you had last night at 3am are actually mental.
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