What is it that so fascinates us about the lives of great writers and artists? It seems creative prowess lends a new allure to even the most mundane topic: we wonder when they wake up in the morning, if they do so at the same time each day, when they eat, what they eat (at every meal), what they read, what type of pen they use, if they take breaks, what they do on breaks, if they wear shoes, what kind of shoes they wear, what is in their cupboards, what they wear to bed, if they make their bed...the list goes on.
Like all creative acts, writing is mysterious. Sometimes it flows, often it doesn't. To become a productive writer one must find a way around this challenge, a task easier said than done. Creatives throughout history have often famously developed bizarre individual tricks to overcome writer's block.
Early in his career, filmmaker David Lynch relied on obscene amounts of caffeine and sugar to get himself working. He says,