Three great posts here from Merlin Mann (best known for his ‘Inbox Zero’ methodologies).
Creative workers, whether writers, artists, musicians etc, are increasingly working online, or at least on their computers, and within easy reach of email, skype, web forums, social networks. At the same time, they are being encouraged to engage with new media as a way to ‘get personal’ with their audience (readers, listeners, viewers). At what stage can this start interfering with your actual work? Merlin’s posts discus where to draw the line.
Many large advertising agencies or other companies where creative thought is encouraged, will provide ‘thinking spaces’ – rooms where people can think and work uninterrupted by the normal office clamor. How can a self employed artist translate this into their own work? How do you productively divide your time between generating new work and developing relationships with fans of your current work or other practitioners in your field?