blog post #52 by Science Fiction Author Clara Bush
Question: What do the following great authors have in common?
- Marcel Proust– French novelist considered by many to be the best author of all times
- Mark Twain– Author and humorist wrote the great American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Truman Capote– American author, playwright, and screenwriter famous for his novella Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Answer: They all liked to write lying down.
To writers, who complained they had difficulty writing, Twain said: “Writing is the easiest thing in the world…Just try it in bed sometime. I sit with a pipe in my mouth and a board on my knees, and I scribble away.”
Capote said, “I can’t think unless I’m lying down.” Another of his writing rituals included that he not approach his typewriter unless two full drafts, in longhand, had been completed.
Come to think of it I do some of my best mental writing lying in bed. But longhand, that would be a hard behavior to return to after the ease of my computer.
On the opposite end of the lying-down approach to writing, are the authors who only wrote while standing up. They include:
- Ernest Hemingway-who is said to have written A Moveable Feast at a stand-up desk.
- Philip Roth-who not only stood but also paced. Roughly calculated, his book Goodbye, Columbus, is equal to a 100 mile walk, since Roth estimated that each page of his book represented about a half a mile.
- Charles Dickens-said of his walking-writing experiences: “Whenever I am in Paris, I am dragged by invisible forces into the Morgue.”
In The Nude
Against All Odds
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Source of information I Used to Know That Literature by C. Alan Joyce and Sarah Janssen.
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