Matt Gemmell, on the important parts of his writing system:
Now, I’m not a massive fan of Outside, generally speaking - I’m of the belief that we coped with Outside for a long time, until we finally invented Inside, and then breathed a huge sigh of relief - but it can really clear your head and restore some perspective. And sanity. And apparently vitamin D, or something, but health is a worry for tomorrow.
Get outside. Away from the desk, out of the room, and out of the building. Take a walk, and don’t feel pressured to think about whatever issue you’re having with your current piece. Give it at least fifteen minutes. It’s not a lot to ask.
Outside has a lot to teach you. Listen to Outside and it’ll inspire the things your write.