Visual artists, musicians, writers… the creative arts have been known to elicit eccentric and bizarre behavior in the people who chase their muse. If you are prone to strange habits and rituals in the course of your writing, you are not alone. Many of the world’s most brilliant and prolific authors engaged in unusual practices to bring their incomparable poetry and prose to the page. Some habits were born of practicality, others of superstition, and some… well, who can say?
The folks at Global English Editing profile 18 famous writers in the infographic below. All of these writers had very specific ideas about what they needed to craft their work – from writing utensils to what they could wear while writing, from what hours of the day they would work to what they wanted their writing spaces to smell like.
Great writing comes from the freedom to create without judgment in an environment that sparks creativity and fosters a feeling of security, and if that means churning away in your underwear or scribbling your genius in purple crayon, go for it!
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