10 Bizarre Work Habits of Famous Authors — Do You Share Any of Them?

Posted: September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Jenny Hansen's Blog

Someone sent me a post this week called Bizarre Habits of Famous Authors. It details the unusual methods famous authors have used to keep the words flowing.

Holy cowbell, these people make me feel normal!

Below, I’ve shared the ten completely strange habits I found the most interesting:

  1. Victor Hugo wrote both Les Misèrables and TheHunchback of Notre-Dame in the nude so he wouldn’t be tempted to leave his house. He even had his valet hide his clothes.
  2. Demosthenes shaved half his head so that he would be too embarrassed to leave home until his writing was finished.
  3. Ernest Hemingway stood while he met his 500-word-per-day, self-imposed quota. His writing regimen was to be “done by noon and drunk by three.”
  4. Truman Capote, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Winston Churchill, and Marcel Proust all preferred to write while lying in bed.
  5. Charles Dickens would go for walks (20 miles or so…

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