Another Write with Phil first this week, as Global English Editing got in touch to request I put this infographic on the site. It’s pretty cool, all about the daily writing routines of 20 famous writers. Although it’s easy to get caught up in comparisons with other writers, I think a little inspiration goes a long way. Plus infographics are pretty and break up my text a little. So below you can find the daily writing routines of 20 famous authors. Please don’t use this as a stick to beat yourself with – your writing method will not be the same was as most of these writers, so unless it works for you, don’t force it.
Do you have a writing routine that works for you? If not, it may be worthwhile establishing one. Having a writing routine can boost your creativity, minimize distraction, and stave off writer’s block. In addition to setting time aside regularly for the sole purpose of writing, the creation of a favorable environment encourages a creative state of mind. Writers can practice behavioral rituals which can be motivational and induce a pleasant mood.
For example, Toni Morrison likes to write before dawn. Her ritual was to drink a cup of coffee as she watched the sun rise, before writing. Jack Kerouac wrote by candlelight every night, and only blew out his candle when he was finished. Edith Warton wrote from her bed, and she needed to face a window.
The daily writing routines of 20 famous authors