Being a writer, you’ve developed and established your personal writing habits probably. They help you become more productive, find motivation and inspiration for your writing, or come up with fresh and really great ideas for your next novel, short story, blog post, essay or article. But have you ever thought how your writing habits influence your writing… literally?
Night writing, drinking coffee while writing, long distance walking before writing – all these habits can be rationally explained, and they give you an idea why you come up with great writings or, on the contrary, have a writer’s block so often.
Bid4Papers has written a post about opposite habits of famous writers. Take a look at its segmented version below. Each of them has a rational explanation, and now you can understand what writing habit you might need to develop or increase your productivity and make your writings more effective.
Many famous writers preferred to work at nights, and the reasons why they did it were different: ones could find inspiration at night, while others just did not have time to work during a daytime. Anyway, night writing can be very effective: this is a peak of creativity, chances of being interrupted are minimal, it’s easier to focus on your writing at night, and there is a theory you come up with greater ideas when you are tired.
As far as you can see from the infographic, many famous writers were very productive on mornings. Such productivity can be explained from a rational point of view: our brain has a peak activity on mornings and it is stimulated by natural morning light. Plus, we usually think positive after waking up. Do you agree that positive thinking leads us to better results?
Coffee and Tea Writers
We can’t imagine an author who does not drink coffee or tea while writing. Did you know that Honore de Balzac drank about 50 cups of coffee daily to inspire himself and be able to write? It’s not surprising: caffeine stimulates memory and increases a serotonin level in our brain, helping us think positive. As for tea, its theanine helps a writer stay focused.
Fast and Slow Writers
Both fast and slow writing can be very productive; it all depends on a writer’s personal schedule and writing habits. For example, one can write 3K words per day while others need a week to finish one chapter or paragraph. It’s ok, and there is no need to be in a hurry if you feel your writing would be better when you are slow. Dorothy Parker, Somerset Maugham and other “slow” famous writers prove this fact.
Writers with Pets
As a rule, writers are very sensitive personalities: they can often be found in stress or depression, and the reasons of such anxiety can be different. Having a cat or a dog helps them reduce risk of depression. Let’s take Ernest Hemingway or Stephen King: so different writers with so different lives, but they both had problems with psychological condition; and it’s not surprising now, why they both loved and owned cats.
Lying and Moving Writers
What would you say if we told you that a horizontal position was the most productive for many famous writers, such as George Orwell and Marcel Proust? Furthermore, Edith Sitwell used an open coffin to lay there for a few minutes before writing her next poem! According to this research, a horizontal position helps with creativity; but, at the same time, walking increases our brain volume and helps us develop imagination for writing.
What do you think about such opposite habits of your favorite writers and their influence on writing productivity? Do you have your own writing habits that help you come up with writing masterpieces?