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What’s Your Writerly Routine?

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Great Writing, routines, schedules, Charles Darwin, Truman Capote,

Many writers have ridiculously specific routines that they adhere to. Charles Darwin’s son Francis once mapped out his father’s daily habits down to the half-hour. Darwin’s daily schedule, and those of many other famous writers, are compiled in the Daily Routines blog. Truman Capote provides one of the funnier entries on the site:

I am a completely horizontal author. I can't think unless I'm lying down, either in bed or stretched on a couch and with a cigarette and coffee handy. I've got to be puffing and sipping. As the afternoon wears on, I shift from coffee to mint tea to sherry to martinis.

(Thanks, Coudal.)

 

james protzman
1/12/2009 10:50:42 AM

A long time reader ... just discovered your blogs. Good stuff. I recently had my first novel published and after ten years of having NO routine, I'm not mad about getting the second one complete. I find I have to unplug from the Intertubes in order to be effective though. Emails and blog posts (I'm a full-time blogger/writer) always seem to take priority over polishing that next paragraph. My novel is called Jesus Swept. Let me know if anyone at Utne is interested in getting a review copy. It's gonna be the next big thing, I guarantee it! :) www.jamesprotzman.com