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Author Of 'Daily Rituals: How Artists Work' On The Habits Of Creative Geniuses (VIDEO)

10/17/2013 01:08 pm ET

Everyone loves advice from people who have reached the highest echelons of success. Hearing about what extremely powerful people do each day or how they unwind on the weekends gives us a concrete idea of how they attained their lofty accomplishments and how we can emulate them.

The habits of the world's most creative minds inspired author Mason Currey so much that he wrote "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work," a book that examines what geniuses like Jane Austen, Pablo Picasso, Charles Darwin and Andy Warhol did to get themselves in the zone for creativity.

Currey chatted with HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd about what he learned and how anyone can apply it to their own creative life.

"There's really something to the idea that there are morning people and night people and even afternoon people," he said. "You have to figure out what time of day is the time when you work best and when you have the best mental energy, and then really try to carve out some hours at that time every day to move projects like this forward."

Aside from practical findings like that, Currey also wrote about some writers whose habits were just plain bizarre. No matter how strange your creative process, you're likely pretty normal compared to the German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, whose work room contained a drawer of rotting apples because he "needed their decaying smell in order to feel the urge to write."

Catch the full conversation about the daily rituals of geniuses at HuffPost Live HERE.

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