Article originally published at Mash Stories.
With all of today’s self-proclaimed productivity gurus using buzzwords like “hack” and “most important tasks”, it’s easy to fall victim to information overload. You can find yourself thinking that if you don’t do things the way the “gurus” do them, you can’t be successful.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes you need to find what best works for you: what makes you sit down and do the work. Or, in the writer’s case, just write. There is no secret to success; there is no shortcut.
So how do things get done? How did Harry, Dumbledore and You-Know-Who get from J.K. Rowling’s magical mind to the page? What made a man as powerful as Marcus Aurelius sit down every night to write what came to be Meditations? What was their routine? How did they start writing? And more importantly, what made them continue writing?