Welcome back friends! So, you’ve been bitten by the writing bug, and you’ve got an awesome blueprint to set your space up for writing. Today, let’s get into writing consistently by reading about seven writers who had a ridiculous writing habit.
Before I dive into today’s post, many apologies. The wonderful weather in Chicago went from sunny and upper 70s to rainy, windy, and low 50s. In 24 hours. So, of course, I had to get a cold. I spent the week resting, and then I picked up a writing project that I worked on. I’m all better now, and bundled up more. 🙂
Anyways, moving on.
Let’s learn how some great writers got into a writing habit in the most ridiculous ways.
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Write more than 500 words a day.
I know I’m on here preaching about writing 500 words a day, and yet there are overachievers. 🙂 Seriously, can you imagine writing up to 5,000 words a day? FIVE. THOUSAND. And that’s exactly what Raymond Chandler did. Heck, if I write 1,000 in a day, I’d celebrate with a glass of wine.
Avoid going outside by any means necessary.
Who needs fresh air? Okay, it’s not as serious as you may think it is. Or, it could be the beginnings of cabin fever. Anywhoo, Victor Hugo, writer of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was concerned he wouldn’t meet his deadline for the book if the thought about going out for a walk. So he requested his clothes be taken away form him and only wore a shawl. Yeah, pretty much buck naked. I’m sorry for that thought.
Your pets hold the key.
There’s nothing sweeter than your pet interrupting your writing time for a quick rub. Or, like my cat, walks on the laptop and demands I stop writing. I’m thinking I should instead ask for her thoughts. Sounds crazy? Edgar Allen Poe would listen if his cat Catterina would purr when she liked his writing. So, go ahead and ask your pet for their advice.
Eat some delicious (and strange) foods.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break while writing to eat because, well, we need food or we’ll die. Some of foods writers ate are simple (Agatha Christie ate apples) but done in interesting places (she ate them in the bathtub). Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov would have molasses. (Yum?)
Be creative without sitting down.
When most of us are writing, we usually have our computers in our laps. Yes, laptops are convenient for that reason, but of course we should get up every hour and stretch. Or write while standing up such as Charles Dickens, Earnest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf to name a few. If you get bored standing up, try an inversion technique that Dan Brown does. Hang upside down for a few moments.
You know what? You can take that advice and lay down. That’s what Truman Capote and Mark Twain did when they wrote.
Drink and be merry. Or jittery.
We know William Faulkner thought drinking whiskey would make him a better writer. Which, in his case, he created some great work such as As I Lay Dying. If you can handle whiskey, or any other type of alcohol, then have a few and create.
On the flip side, if you want a jolt of energy you drink a cup of coffee. Nice, right? Now drink 50 cups every single day you write. If not, then you can’t keep up with French novelist Honore de Balzac. But, seriously, who else is that crazy to drink lots of coffee every day? Oh, that’s right. Voltaire drank 40 cups of java.
Become super organized.
When I sit down and write, my notes and drafts are all organized in different apps such as Google drive and Scrivener. Obviously writers didn’t have the luxury of computers back then, and even before typewriters they needed a better way to stay organized. Using different color paper is an idea that The Count of Monte Cristo author Alexandre Dumas used. Another way is to use 3 x 5 index cards a la Nabokov.
So, would you try these out when you write?
Some make a lot sense, especially standing up while writing to keep our bodies limber, but when it comes to drinking molassess, I’ll pass. But, every writer has some habit they do when they write. Mine is to write in a different room each day. It’s a way of keeping our creative minds going. That or we’re just crazy. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this post! Next week is learning about different types of writing. It won’t be boring. I promise!
Until next time, cheers!
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