A project-based study of creative routine featuring writer-produced videos, photos, and essays. From inspiration to realization this vulnerable analysis of writing reveals familiar patterns of ambition and apprehension. Share your process and join the conversation.


  1. Write a 200-word essay describing your routine.
  2. Record a 30-second video documenting your routine or capture 1 photo detailing your routine.
  3. Submit via Submittable.

Routineology – P.A. Wikoff

Boredom is the birthplace of creativity. If it wasn’t for my solitary day job, I wouldn’t have any thoughts to scratch on the page. READ MORE

Routineology – Carrie A. Golden

Taking daily walks have contribute more to boosting my imagination than most anything else. Since we left our crazy lifestyle back in the East for a more rural one up in North Dakota, I’ve been greeted with this scenery every morning.READ MORE

Routineology – Eden Maxwell

My studio cabin is off the grid on an ashram in the high desert. There are few outside distractions to my art, other than those that I succumb to myself. READ MORE

Routineology – Bill White

My routine changes with each project. For “Cry,” I waited each night for my wife to sleep, then wrote my daily chapter, which took between two and three hours. In the morning I edited and posted it. I always follow a fixed routine, a practice that originated when I was an arts columnist for the Seattle PI. READ MORE

Routineology – Corin Reyburn

For something I claim to love more than anything, I, at times, avoid writing like the plague. The procrastination is almost itself an art form. Despite the voice telling me writing is the only thing I -want- to be doing, there’s times I will do just about anything else. I will first tend to all manner of trivial things—I will take out the trash, reorganize my closet, cut my hair, email my aunt—before I settle down to write. READ MORE

Routineology – Maxwell Coviello

Facebook is the worst thing to happen to the writer. This is the first obstacle, the premier distraction, that I always must overcome before I can sit down to work. The internet is a giver and taker of creative output. READ MORE

Routineology – Dave McLaughlin

Routine. For me, routine, especially when celebrated as an end in-and-of-itself, epitomizes the kind of mental-rational reductionist tyranny I rail against in my writing. READ MORE

Routineology – S.T. Rucker

Faint dawn gently graces the skies through the blinds of my window, laying a ghostly blue kiss on my eyelids. “You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming?” Well, forget about it. Three kids with ADHD thunder from room to room in the apartment upstairs. Blaring through the even thinner walls out of trucks in the parking lot, ranchero (with amplified bass) loud enough to wake God.READ MORE