From Long Walks to Nudity: Strange Habits of 5 Famous Authors

1. Victor Hugo


Let’s begin with the man who bared it all, in the most literal sense, when he wrote. Victor Hugo penned two of his famous works in this fashion, Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But, why? Nudity kept him at home, forcing him to write. He even instructed his valet to hide his clothes from him, so as to prevent procrastination.

2. Charles Dickens


Dickens walked in order to find inspiration. However, he often when distances stretching to 20 miles. His walk is were as long as his thoughts and prose.

3. Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway’s creative process comprised of standing at his typewriter for hours, then spending the rest of his day lost in his cups. You have to give him credit on one point. He found a career in which drunkenness was acceptable.

4. Edgar Allan Poe


The dark literary genius wrote his manuscripts on strips of paper joined together by seal wax. This created a continuous chain of paper, a hassle for his editors. Oh, and while creating these chains, his “literary guardian,” a cat named Catterina, watched over him.

5. Aaron Sorkin


Sorkin, known for The West Wing and The Social Network, acts out his dialogue before a mirror. In one incident, he became so engrossed, he banged his head into the mirror, remarking, “I wish I could say I was in a bar fight, but I broke my nose writing.”


2 thoughts on “From Long Walks to Nudity: Strange Habits of 5 Famous Authors”

  1. Hey, if Aaron Sorkin rehashes his dialogue, then I must be fine when I rehash my dialogue, right? I should probably restrict it to in front of a mirror, though, instead of, say, the middle of a coffee shop as I try to write it….

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