Have you ever wondered about the writing habits of famous writers? Here are some interesting facts I found about when they preferred to do their writing.
- Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) – German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, playwright
- Tom Wolfe (1931 – ) – American journalist, author
- Robert Frost (1874-1963) – American poet
- Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) – Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, philosopher
- J. D. Salinger (1919-2010) – American writer known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye
- Franz Kafka (1883-1924) – German-language writer of novels, short stories; widely regarded as a major figure of 20th-century literature
- William Faulkner (1897-1962) – American writer of novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, screenplays
- Rachel Carson (1907-1964) – American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
- Marcel Proust (1871-1922) – French novelist, critic, essayist
- John O’Hara (1905-1970) – American writer of short stories; a best-selling novelist before the age of thirty
- Mary Louise Booth (1831-1889) – American editor (including Harper’s Bazaar), translator, writer
- James Baldwin (1924-1987) – American novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, social critic
- Alan Ginsberg (1926-1997) – American poet; a leading figure of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the following counterculture
- Pablo Neruda (1904-1973 ) – Chilean poet-diplomat and politician; 1971 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
- James Joyce (1882-1941) – Irish novelist, short story writer, poet; one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century
- T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) – British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic
- Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) – French novelist and playwright
- Danielle Steel (1947 – ) – American novelist currently the best selling author alive and the fourth best selling fiction author of all time
- Carol Ann Duffy (1955 – ) – Scottish poet and playwright; Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009
- Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) – American novelist, poet, short story writer
At 4:00 A.M.
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) – American poet, novelist, and short story writer
At 5:00 A.M.
Jack London (1876-1916) – American novelist, journalist, social activist; a pioneer in commercial magazine fiction; one of the first to obtain fame and fortune from fiction alone, including science fiction
Katherine Ann Porter (1890-1980) – Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, political activist
Toni Morrison (1931 – ) – American novelist, editor, Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner
At 5:30 A.M.
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) – English novelist of the Victorian era
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) – American writer of novels, short story collections, plays, works of non-fiction
At 6:00 A.M.
W. H. Audsen (1907-1973) – English poet; later became an American citizen
Graham Greene (1904-1991) – English novelist regarded by some as one of the great writers of the 20th century
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) – American novelist, short story writer, and journalist
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) – French poet, novelist, dramatist of the Romantic movement; one of the greatest and best-known French writers
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) – Russian-American novelist and entomologist. First nine novels were in Russian; achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose
Edith Wharton (1862-1937) – Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, designer; nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930.
At 7:00 A.M.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1794-1832) – statesman and German writer of a wide variety of genres
At 8:00 A.M.
Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) – American writer and essayist; an important voice in American literature, she wrote novels, short stories, reviews, commentaries.
Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) – American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, historian; 1972 Pulitzer Prize winner; 1972 U.S. National Book Award winner
At 9:00 A.M.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) – British novelist, poet, academic, essayist, medievalist, literary critic, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, Christian apologist; author of the Narnia Chronicles
Thomas Mann (1875-1955) – German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist; 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014) – Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, journalist
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) – Russian writer Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (in English Leo Tolstoy); regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time
Gore Vidal (1925-2012) – American writer and a public intellectual with a polished style of writing
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) – an English writer; one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) – an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author and screenwriter
At 9:30 A.M.
Carson McCullers (1917-1967) – American novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, poet
At 10:00 A.M.
Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) – British playwright, novelist, short story writer; among the most popular writers of his era
It amazes me how much one can accomplish at the earliest times in the morning. I wouldn’t be able to function during the rest of the day!
Now my question to you is … are you a writer who prefers a certain time to write or a reader who has a preferred reading time? Or maybe you have a best time for exercise or meditation? What time works best for you, and why?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂