We all have a certain viewpoint about our favourite writers and we think that they must have a sorted life, like waking up in the early morning, going for a walk or meditation, and serenely starting their day. But many writers have a unique way of writing or spending their time thinking. Here are a few writing methods of famous authors that seems crazy.
Stephen King – Writing Corner
Stephen King, the king of horror suggests picking a corner when you are writing and reminding yourself why you are not in the middle of the room. Your life is not the support system of art but your art is the support system of your life. Stephen King has published over 63 novels and seven of them are under the name of Richard Bachman. He has received several notable awards like the British Fantasy Society Awards, Bram Stokers Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and more.
Notable Works – The Shining, It, Carrie, The Stand, Pet Sematary, and more.
Alexandre Dumas – Color Coded Writing System
French writer Alexandre Dumas wrote all his masterpieces using different colors and all those colors signify different genres. Such as the color red for non-fiction, green color writing is for the fiction genre, and the blue color was used for poetry and so on. As weird as it may sound, it is an amazing way to categorize your work.
Notable Works – The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and more.
Kazuo Ishiguro – Fictional World
To complete his remarkable work ‘Remains of the Day, British novelist Ishiguro ignored the real world and consumed and absorbed the fictional world. He convinced his wife to give him some time and do everything on her own. He used to write from 9 am-10 pm for six days every week. During this time he did not check any mail and cut all his connections with the real world so he can stay close to his fictional world. He received Nobel Prize in literature in the year 2017.
Notable Works – Remains of the Day, A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, and more.
Maya Angelou – Hotel Room
Civil rights activist and one of the most renowned American writers Maya Angelou used to leave for a bare and small hotel at 7 am and write until 2 pm. She used to carry a dictionary, crossword puzzles, the Bible, and a thesaurus. Her only requirement was an empty room, without any decorating items like paintings. She is known for subsequent volumes of autobiographies. She received three Grammy Awards for her spoken word albums.
Notable Works – The Heart of a Woman, Letter to My Daughter, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and more.
Honoré de Balzac – Coffee
A crazy and unhealthy way to fuel creative writing is drinking about 50 cups of coffee a day and this genius French novelist and one of the initiators of realism in European literature was fond of this method. He had high blood pressure, stomach cramps, and bad headaches. His habit of writing was from 1 to 8 am every single day. Balzac was capable of writing at a rapid pace. Some of his novels were written so rapidly like 30 words in one minute compared to the modern typewriter.
Notable Works – La Comédie Humaine, Illusions perdues, Eugénie Grandet, Colonel Chabert, La Peau de chagrin, and more.