In the following sections, we enlist some common traits or habits shared by writers, and then a few bizarre habits of some great writers.
✦ Alexandre Dumas, the French author of “The Three Musketeers” was very particular about the color of his page. The colors were all fixed like pink for non-fiction, blue for fiction novels, and yellow for his poetry.
✦ Virginia Woolf also used different-colored inks, especially green, blue, and purple. Purple was her favorite but it was used only for writing letters.
✦ It’s impossible to not think of Stephen King when talking about drinking. He thought that he would lose his creativity spark because of sobriety. His drinking was so that he didn’t even remember writing Cujo.
✦ Drinking coffee would be normal, if you’re not drinking 40 – 50 cups per day. Honoré de Balzac, a French novelist, drank so many cups to gear up his creativity and writing.
✦ Victor Hugo has taken writing to another level. When he had stringent deadlines, he instructed his attendant to take away all his clothes. This was done so that he won’t leave the house and would focus only on writing. Even in the coldest of weather, he was only left with a blanket to cover himself. Such dedication!
✦ Eudora Welty had this habit of pinning all her stories to the wall. She used a paste and put the stories in a long line. If the walls weren’t enough, she used the bed and the table too.
✦ Mary Shelley was a person who listened to her pet snake about when to stop working. She had a 23-foot long boa constrictor in her writing studio. Whenever she started writing, she used to wrap the long snake around her shoulders. She kept writing until the snake started becoming restless, which meant squeezing her. The moment it started doing that, she stopped writing for the day.