The answers might surprise you. They sure did surprise me.
- Ernest Hemingway balanced his writing between a simple pencil and a typewriter.
- 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”.
- Danielle Steele uses a 1946 Olympia Typewriter and writes in 20 hour blocks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ernest Hemingway typed standing up.
- Victor Hugo, writing “Hunchback of Notre dame”, wrote naked so he couldn’t leave his house in order to make a deadline. (naked?! Really?)
- Many authors have special pens and/or pencil preferences, to the point of being a bit quirky.
- 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