Maya Angelou's work was underpinned by simple but strict rituals and a deep work approach. She had a room reserved for writing (which had just a bed, desk, Bible, dictionary, deck of cards and a bottle of sherry). After her 6am coffee, she'd work uninterrupted into the afternoon.
“If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” So says John Cleese. Mr Monty Python says that periods of uninterrupted deep thinking go hand-in-hand with play in his office, and he fiercely protects time and space to work alone.
When trying to finish The Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling struggled to find creative headspace. So, she checked into a hotel suite close to Edinburgh Castle. Here, she was able to concentrate, focus, and ultimately write the wildly successful conclusion to the Harry Potter series.