What’s Your Writerly Routine?

| 1/8/2009 2:26:57 PM

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

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