A new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work -- by Mason Currey, describes the habits of highly creative people.
Stuck on a big project? Need some creative inspiration? Take Beethoven's advice:
Beethoven would stand at the washstand and pace back and forth and then go back to the washstand and put water on himself. It was an essential part of the creative buildup, but it also made him hated as a tenant and neighbor because he was splashing water everywhere.
The children's video/DVD called Upstairs with with Beethovan has some very true histories of Beethovan according to biographies of him, including what was written above.
LOVE that recording, Bonnie! I bought it for my niece and nephew several years ago -- and they listened to it ALL THE TIME....still ask to hear it every now and again, too.