Writing Rituals of Famous Authors

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Writing Rituals of the Rich, Famous, and Weird : 

Writing Rituals of the Rich, Famous, and Weird Steve Wood TCCC

Rituals : 

Rituals Rituals are repeated patterns of behavior (habits) that help us accomplish certain tasks (including writing). Rituals help us feel comfortable in writing and also help us write effectively. Every writer’s set of rituals is different.

Stephen King (1947- ) : 

Stephen King (1947- ) According to a number of sources, before his accident King wrote four hours a day, every day of the year except for Christmas, his birthday, and Thanksgiving.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) : 

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Known for numerous works including Les Miserables and Notre Dame du Paris, Hugo preferred to write in the nude.

Ben Franklin (1706-1790) : 

Ben Franklin (1706-1790) Franklin preferred to write while in a bathtub. Some believe he imported the first bathtub into the United States.

William Blake (1757-1827) : 

William Blake (1757-1827) “I write when commanded by the spirits, and the moment I have written I see the words fly about the room in all directions. It is then published and the spirits can read. My manuscripts are of no further use to me.”

Shelby Foote (1916-2005) : 

Shelby Foote (1916-2005) Foote, known for his three volume history of the Civil War, wrote out all of his works long hand, using an old style pen and legal pads.

S.P. Somtow (1952- ) : 

S.P. Somtow (1952- ) Science fiction writer S.P. Somtow once remarked that he only wrote when he had bills that he couldn’t pay; the rest of the time he preferred to sit by the pool, drinking something with a little umbrella in it.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) : 

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Yeats constantly rewrote his poetry, searching for the perfect word or phrase. When he died, he was still revising poems he had written in his youth.

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) : 

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) The famous diarist began keeping a diary in 1660, but he abandoned it nine years later. He kept his diary in code, and it was not deciphered until 1825.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) : 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Rossetti was unfaithful to his wife Elizabeth. Upon her death, he left the book in which all his poems were written in her coffin, wrapping it in her hair. Seven years later, he regretted his decision and had her grave opened to retrieve his poems (which were published in 1870).

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) : 

Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) Trollope rose every day at 5:30 and wrote for 2 ½ hours before going to work. He averaged 1000 words per hour.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) : 

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) Wells always carried two fountain pens. “The big one is for the long words, the little one for the short ones.”

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) : 

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) Wordsworth would recite his poetry to his dog as he walked. If his dog barked or was upset by the sound of the words, Wordsworth would rewrite the poem.

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