Index4INDEX Card 215: Octavia Butler 1

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable.

-- Octavia Butler

For more about Octavia Butler, keep reading....

About the Quote

We all want to work or create (or do creative work) when we're inspired or when the spirit moves us. Some people are blessed to be able to work regularly on that sort of schedule.

The rest of us? Not so much. We need to have routines and rituals in order to establish the habit of work or creativity. Once the habit is established-- usually after 21 days-- it's a matter of sticking to the habit. Then our production or output is more reliable.

Some Information about Octavia Butler

Octavia Estelle Butler was born in Pasadena, California, US on 1947-June-22. She dies in Seattle, Washington, US on 2006-February-24.

Octavia Butler was an award-winning science fiction novelist whose books featured themes such as future societies and superhuman powers. He novels were a unique blend of science fiction, mythology, mysticsm, and African-American spiritualism.

Octavia Butler earned her Associate in Art degree in 1968 from Pasadena City College. She also attended California State University and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). After her college education ended in 1970, she was encouraged by writer Harlan Ellison to begin her writing career.

The first of her novels was published in 1976: Patternmaster. This was the first of the five-novel Patternist series:

Mind of My Mind1977
Wild Seed1980
Clay's Ark1984

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