In a commencement speech at Loyola University in Chicago, Ian Brennan, television and movie producer/writer, had this to say:
Foster your creativity. and then protect it. Your creativity is the greatest gift you will ever be given, and it’s the source of the greatest things you will achieve. It’s the part of you that is the most you. So care for it, the way you would care for a child or a beloved pet…
To writers: Write. That’s the one thing you have to do. Write for an hour every day. I remember I was told that once, and I thought, “That sounds horrible.” And it sort of is. But it doesn’t matter what you write, just write for an hour a day. Two at most. Nobody is creative for more than two hours a day, and if they say they are, they’re lying to you. Stephen King sort of was, but he did loads of cocaine.
(The New York Times, June 14, 2015)
I don’t know about Loyola’s Class of 2015, but I’m taking Brennan’s words to heart. How did he know I needed this advice?