From Nick Green at comes a great article about writing routines and writers:

I Copied the Routines of Famous Writers and It SuckedDid Balzac really drink 50 cups of coffee a day? Does Murakami actually wake up at 4 AM? For a week, I tried to live like famous writers. It went poorly.

…I would spend each day following a different writer’s routine. Now, I know that in changing it up every day I would no longer be participating in a routine, per se, but my rationalization was that this would be akin to a workout schedule, where you do different exercises each day—getting a little stronger, faster, and more flexible with each session. Even if none of these became my permanent routine, I’d still have a solid week’s worth of writing to show for it.

Here is are the eight writers he mimicked for one day:

  • Day 1: Haruki Murakami
  • Day 2: Franz Kafka
  • Day 3: Maya Angelou
  • Day 4: Honoré de Balzac
  • Day 5: Don DeLillo
  • Day 6: Natalie Goldberg
  • Day 7: William Gibson
  • Day 8: Hunter S. Thompson

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