And you thought you were weird? Author Gordon Hooper did a little research into the oddities of some famous authors that is bound to make us all feel a little better about ourselves.
Gordon’s novel Alex & Katija has been described as “warped and as dark as the deepest depths” but also “explosive, wild, funny, and truly insane.” And if that doesn’t make you want to check out the book, try this: there are zombies and zombie queens!
Peculiar Writing Habits of Famous Authors
My name is Gordon Hooper. Like Debra, I am signed with New Libri Press. My book “Alex and Katija, High and Mighty” was published as an ebook on November 06 2012.
But enough self-promotion! [ed note: you can never have too much of that! Look for buy links for Alex and Katija below.]
It is my belief that most writers are weirdos. Mere mortals are considered strange, whilst the famous are called eccentric. So let’s have a look at some of the strange writing habits of these famous weirdos:
Victor Hugo – Wrote both Les Misèrables and the Hunchback of Notre-Dame nude, so he couldn’t leave his house. He even went so far as to instruct his valet to hide his clothes.
Demosthenes (ancient Greece) – would shave half his head, so he, like Victor Hugo, would remain at home.
I have to say that I’m a bit envious of the writers of old, as most distractions nowadays seems to come from within the home – TV, internet, computer games etc.
Honoré de Balzac – would guzzle black coffee, so he could write for long stretches. Once for 48 hours straight! (Makes one suspect some other kind of substance, but never mind)
Ernest Hemingway – Stood and wrote. His writing regime of “done by noon and drunk by three” might sound fun, but I doubt it would increase one’s productivity in the long run.
George Orwell, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Winston Churchill, Marcel Proust and Truman Capote wrote whilst lying in bed.
Charles Dickens – Would go for a walk and try to get lost, in order to stimulate his creativity.
Hunter S. Thompson – would write drunk and on all manner of drugs.
James Joyce – would write three sentences a day. And that was on a good day!
Vladimir Nabokov – wrote on index cards in no particular order. One of his books could be made up of 2000 of these cards.
P.G Wodehouse – would pin finished pages to the wall. Good ones close to the ceiling, and bad ones at waist height.
William Wordsworth – would recite his poetry to his dog while taking a stroll. If the dog barked or was upset as he read, he would rewrite the poem.
So, do you have any strange writing habits? Weirder than the above?
Mine are hardly strange, but important. When I write I need loud, fast moving music. Often Techno or Rock. When I edit I need absolute silence. I prefer to write in the morning when I have lots of energy. But due to having a day job, my writing schedule is somewhat erratic at the moment. And yes, I laugh out loud at my own jokes
The fast moving music, and a current addiction to caffeine and nicotine clearly influences my writing. The result is the breakneck pace and wild roller-coaster ride of the “Alex and Katija” series.
How is your writing influenced by your habits?
For more rubbish:
Gordon Hooper is a novice writer who usually bungles his way through the literary bog of his own creation. Most of his work is created solely to make people laugh, or at the very least smile. He tries to be offensive as often as humanly possible. When not – then he is most likely being semi-blackmailed by his publisher, who has a hell of a job in keeping us all out of jail and preventing the premises of New Libri from being torched.
He is a nasty little bugger that Gordon. And why write about himself in third person? Well, it seemed a suitably ostentatious way to reveal his delusions of grandeur.