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How Important Is Structure, Really?


Writers are provided with countless resources and references to help us with our endeavors. This article reveals the daily routines of famous writers, which are meant to show us how we could be shaping our own days. Apps exist to help increase our productivity, such as some that will block the Internet when writing so you won’t be distracted by your Twitter feed, or by your cousin’s latest Facebook update of her kids. While some writers attest to the benefits of applications and following regimens in order to boost productivity and efficiency, others aren’t so sure of the apps’ creatives benefits.

This article from the New York Times dives into the world of writing apps and strict schedules, and discusses whether or not they hinder the creative process. One writer, Casey N. Cep, doesn’t think following a consistent routine does much. She says:

“It is not only the routine of any of these artists that made them successful. Not many of them even follow the routines they offer. Their creative lives are all more complicated, more disordered than the bullet points or time stamps they detail in one-off interviews. And even if they devotedly followed their own procedures, then it would be still odd to reduce the mysterious beauty of their work to these obvious patterns of waking and sleeping and typing.”

Additionally, novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee advocates for the Internet’s Fuel for Creatives says that, “the constant stream of information keeps ideas new and fresh.”

Personally, I have an Internet blocking app on my computer. I try and adhere to some sort of schedule, although I typically fail to do so. I find that a certain amount of routine is critical, but flexibility is the most important part of the creative process and have to agree with the aforementioned writers. What do you think?