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Writer peeks into the daily routines of creatives

‘How Artists Work’ by Mason Currey. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
‘How Artists Work’ by Mason Currey. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA  

Mason Currey wrote How Artists Work for one- and a-half years, about men and women who influenced the world as we know it over the past 400 years.

In the introduction, Currey admittedly states “this is a superficial book. It’s about the circumstances of creative activity, not the product; it deals with manufacturing rather than meaning. But it’s also, inevitably, personal.”

Your routine is your signature and tells a lot about the person you are. And each great genius featured therein has their own. It is not a one-cut fits all pattern, it’s all different, and quite frankly weird.

But Currey also questions an issue constantly plaguing creatives: “How do you do meaningful creative work while also earning a living?”