Do You Have a Writing Ritual?

October 10, 2017
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Writing at the beach is inspiring.

Several writers do their best writing on a keyboard – as long as they have a cup of coffee nearby. Other writers prefer pen and paper – maybe even candlelight, soft music, a glass of wine. A few creatives I know prefer to work at night. They’ll stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. to sketch, paint, or write. Many writers have quirky writing rituals and habits. Do you?
(Feel free to share yours by commenting below.)

From unusual to expected, check out the writing habits of these famous authors:

Poet and memoirist Maya Angelou rented hotel rooms to write (even though she owned a house) and drank a cup of sherry (even at 6:15 in the morning).

Ernest Hemingway was a firm believer in standing while writing. As he wrote The Old Man and The Sea, he followed a strict regimen: “done by noon, drunk by three.” This entailed waking up at dawn, writing furiously while standing at the typewriter, and then making his way to the local bar at noon.

Nobel and Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Toni Morrison makes a habit of watching the sun rise — and treating that as the signal to start her writing.

Novelist Anthony Trollope wrote 250 words every 15 minutes, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. before going off to his job at the post office.

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