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Habits of Famous Writers

I found this infographic on Pinterest and found it interesting.

It lists many habits of different authors and shows what you have in common with those writers based on your own habits.

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What are my habits?

I’m definitely a morning writer. I get up at 4:30 in the morning, make my cup of coffee, and start writing at 5. I don’t stop until 6 so I can get at least an hour in for the day.

I’m a coffee drinker. I wish I enjoyed tea, but I don’t. I don’t even like the way it smells.

I’m a fast writer. I write about 2,000 words a day. When I don’t have work or babysitting, I can write up to 10,000 words (if I’m focusing really hard).

I love both dogs and cats. However, I have a dog and a cat in my house and it seems as though Chip (the dog) is Kris’s partner in crime and Hunter (the cat) is mine. Every morning, Hunter makes my coffee with me (I’ve gotten good at making coffee one-handed because Hunter likes me to hold him while it brews) and then he comes into my office with me and sleeps as I write in the morning. Chip is (usually) sleeping in bed with Kris.

I like to sit or lie down as I write. I don’t really understand how someone can write and move at the same time… Unless you’re using that Dragon program or recording everything.

What are your writer habits?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

11 thoughts on “Habits of Famous Writers

  1. Not sure how to answer the morning/night one. Depends on how hard it is to either wake up or put down the kid. Both can be incredibly draining. I change position a lot because I don’t have a desk and need to wander at least once every 15 minutes. Music is a must too.

    A lot of cat allergy people in the house and we don’t have a dog. Closest thing has been hamsters.

    1. I don’t have that kind of responsibility, so I guess a routine is easier for me.
      As for the pets, I love just having them around. I have a fish in my office and the sound of the water is soothing. I also have my turtle in my office so she’ll wander around the room. It’s nice to have that company.

      1. I hear kids get easier as they get older, but I’m thinking it was a rumor. 🙂

        Fish are fun and relaxing, especially when you want to zone out on an idea. They can be surprisingly mesmerizing. Not sure about the turtle. I had two when I was a kid and they weren’t as much fun as the cartoons led me to believe. Kept biting and clawing me.

      2. My two cousins are 11 and 13 now. It doesn’t get easier. 😉
        I have a betta fish and he is very mesmerizing!
        I have a three-toed box turtle and she loves being out and about and loves to sit in my lap. Sometimes when I’m working at my desk she’ll sleep on my foot.

  2. That’s a pretty cool thing to have. Hmmm… My answers?

    1. Night/Day? Night. Definitely night. I work nights after all (11 PM-7:30 AM).
    2. Coffee/tea? Neither. I’m don’t like either one. Give me an energy drink or a soda. I’ll even drink water as long as there’s no ice in it, but don’t give me coffee or tea. If I must drink a hot drink, make it cocoa.
    3. Fast/slow? Ermm… Both? It depends on the mood I’m in and how well the writing’s going. I’ve done as little as 100 words a day and as many as 15,000. It depends on how well I’ve planned the story out, distractions, and my mood.
    4. Cats/dogs? A little of both really. I have a dog that lives at my parents’ place thanks to my landlords’ rules towards animals and I have three cats hiding in my house. (*slaps wrist* Bad Skye.) I’m looking forward to the day I have a place where I can have all the animals and not have to worry about anything.
    5. Lying/moving? I tend to do a bit of both. I can write while lying down, but there’s also been times I’ve recorded sentences, lines, scenes using a recorder while driving and typing them later.

    Interesting graphic. I think I’m going to steal it next year and make it a challenge to read something by each author. 😉

    1. I used to live hot chocolate when I was little. I don’t like it anymore… Wish I did. I’ve lost my love for chocolate in general over the years, lol.
      I like that challenge idea!

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