From Nick Green at Vice.com comes a great article about writing routines and writers:
Did 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