Eccentric habits of writersIn a recent article from mental_floss we get to learn all about the incredible eccentricities of 20 great writers. Here’s just a few examples:

* John Cheever stripped down to his undies before writing in the basement of his apartment building.

* Virginia Woolf wrote standing up.

* James Joyce wrote on cardboard with colored crayons.

* Schiller wrote with rotten apples stashed in his desk drawer because the smell “motivated him.”

* Balzac sometimes drank 50 cups of coffee a day.

Sometimes you need to shake the rafters to wake the muse. Other times you just need to do a few jumping jacks in front of the window while naked.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in order to get the inspiration flowing? Did it become a writing habit?

Let me know in the comments below.

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard’s Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of “Short Works Poetry.”

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