Naked Authors?

10904_10205068959856692_8260032182457779553_nQuestion for you… What fancy computer program is the famous author using to write his or her book?  

The answers might surprise you.  They sure did surprise me.     

  1. Ernest Hemingway balanced his writing between a simple pencil and a typewriter.
  2. George Clooney is not good at technology – he was quoted as saying “literally when I cut and paste, I cut pages and tape them together.  But somehow we make it work”.
  3. Danielle Steele uses a 1946 Olympia Typewriter and writes in 20 hour blocks.
  4. Quentin Tarantino never uses a typewriter or computer.  He writes the whole thing by hand.  He goes to a stationary store and buys a notebook, just one and then fills it up, telling himself it will be his next big seller.
  5. Mark Twain wrote lying down in bed.  He also experimented with left handed writing when his writing became painful, and eventually began dictating his stories.
  6. Ernest Hemingway typed standing up.
  7. Victor Hugo, writing “Hunchback of Notre dame”, wrote naked so he couldn’t leave his house in order to make a deadline.  (naked?!  Really?)
  8. Many authors have special pens and/or pencil preferences, to the point of being a bit quirky.
  9. Vince Gilligan used index cards to line out the “Breaking Bad” story line. 

After completing this study, I went to the store and spent $10.00.  I bought an orange spiral notebook and two pretty pens.   I handed the $10.00 bill to the cashier while I reminded myself that this notebook will contain my next big seller.   It made me smile.

In the end, I think this said it best:  

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. 

W. Somerset Maugham



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