Comedy writer Megan Amram’s new pseudo-textbook Science . . . for Her! expertly parodies vapid women’s magazines and sexist female stereotypes. (Seriously, Amram is so funny, we had her interview herself for our June issue.) We asked her how she keeps the creative juices flowing while working on long projects like a book or writing for TV (she was a writer on NBC’s Parks And Recreation for three years). Here’s what she had to say:
Where or how do you seek out creative inspiration?
I love to surround myself with things I love. I constantly reread favorite poems or short stories to put myself in the mood to create something good. I am a huge fan of music of all types and can’t write in silence. I listen to songs I love on loop when I write for days at a time. Right now it’s “Deja Vu” by Giorgio Moroder and Sia.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Eat seven gummy vitamins, drink six cups of coffee, and do The New York Times crossword puzzle.
What is one thing about your job that you think would surprise people?
Writing for TV is rarely sitting down at a computer and writing. So much of it is riffing off each other and talking things out. It’s way more collaborative than people think.
What’s your favorite Twitter or Instagram account and why?
How do you keep track of everything you have to do?
I am obsessed with to-do lists. I have about six different ones at any given time. I also LOVE crossing off tasks, so I make the to-do tasks very small and finishable. Next on my to-do list? Look up if “finishable” is a real word or not.
What are some things you do to refresh your mind when you’re in a rut?
I walk slowly through the aisles of CVS or Barnes & Noble or a mall. I find sensory overload to be helpful in inspiring me.
Who outside of your field inspires you the most and why?
Stephen Sondheim. The genius of all geniuses. Talking about him too much will make me cry on my keyboard and then my tpying wlil gte msseed up!
Click here for more insight from Fast Company’s 2015 Most Creative People in Business.