Ernest Hemingway woke early in the morning and wrote in a single, continuous block of time until he’d finished what he had to say. John Cheever would work throughout the day, taking a break for lunch and returning to finish in the afternoon. German author Franz Kafka had another job in the morning, so he completed his writing late at night.
What about you?
How do you prepare for writing? Are you able to churn out a masterpiece from anywhere under any circumstances, or do you choose a special location for writing each day? Do you appoint a particular hour as your most creative time, or do you scribble out your story whenever time allows?
Diversity in Writers
Writers and creators are a remarkably diverse bunch, and each person tackles the problem of “getting into the groove” in a different way. Some creators function similarly, such as the authors and other creators who block out time in the morning to get their work accomplished.
Others have more eccentric ways of finding focus. American author John Cheever, for example, is famous for writing in his underwear. Since he had only one suit at the time, he wrote without fear of wrinkling his clothing.
Truman Capote expressed that he had to be lying down in order to write. He was still flexible, of course. He could write “either on a bed or stretched out on a couch.”
Where to Write
J.K. Rowling likes busy cafes. John Grisham wrote in his law office before beginning work each morning. Stephen King likes to sit at his desk with his papers arranged the same way.
In solitude or in teaming crowds, at work or at home, writers find a way to write. They find what works for them.
What about You?
I’m intentionally keeping this post short because I want to hear what you have to say. Is there a place that automatically invokes creativity? Do you find a time of the day to be more inspirational?
Have your habits and needs as a writer changed over the years?
Now that I have kids, I try my best to get all of my writing done in the morning. I’m not a morning person at all, but I find that I have the most capacity to concentrate on something early in the morning now.
I’d love to hear about your habits and even your quirks. (We’ve all got ‘em).
Let us know in the comment section below.
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