I Have Something In Common With the World’s Great Writers
I recently picked up Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, a collection of brief descriptions of the daily routines of great writers and other creators. I figured I could learn a few tips and tricks to enhance my own writing routine.
I did learn something! What I learned is that I, a lowly Medium humorist, have something in common with many of these giants of literature.
See if you can find the pattern:
W.H. Auden rose shortly after 6:00 A.M., made himself coffee, and settled down to work quickly…
Toni Morrison would rise around 5:00, make coffee and “watch the light come.”
Patricia Highsmith would sit on her bed surrounded by cigarettes, ashtray, matches [and] a mug of coffee…
William Faulkner would visit his mother for coffee on the way to work…
Gunter Grass always took a break for afternoon coffee.
Gertrude Stein got up every morning about ten and drank some coffee.
Voltaire took coffee and chocolate for sustenance.
Thomas Mann was always awake by 8:00 A.M. After getting out of bed, he drank a cup of coffee with his wife…
Kierkegaard kept up his energy with coffee…
Thomas Wolfe typically began writing around midnight priming himself with awesome quantities of … coffee.
And so on.
Great writers, as it turns out, drink a hell of a lot of coffee. Upon awakening. Throughout the day. During coffee breaks. Alone. With their moms. To keep themselves going late at night.
Their writing lives are supported by copious amount of java.
Just like mine!
So what’s the takeaway for you?
If you want to write? Stay caffeinated.
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to brew another pot.
( Writing Coach and Medium Sherpa Roz Warren writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, has been in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections, and is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor. Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.)