BookBaby has pulled together a fascinating infographic (BB’s word) titled “The opposite writing habits of famous authors.”
Night vs. Day
- J.D. Salinger must have been a late, late night writer because he’s included twice.
- Robert Frost seemed more of a day writer.
- Not surprised that James Baldwin, James Joyce, and Allen Ginsberg were night owls.
- Note that BB spelled Ginsberg’s first name wrong.
- The morning writers got time slots. Why not the night writers?
- Interesting that there were far more women in the morning category than on the night side.
- Surprised that Sylvia Plath, Virginia Wolf, and Ernest Hemingway were morning writers.
- Not surprised that Edith Wharton and Anthony Trollope were morning writers.
Coffee vs. Tea
- Slim pickin’s on the coffee/tea divide.
- Not surprised that Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein were on the java side.
- Pleased and surprised that John McPhee fell on the tea side.
- Thrilled that Jane Austen was a tea drinker.
Fast vs. Slow
- Interesting that no women fall in the fast category – probably because most of them were engaged in other pursuits at the same time.
- Not surprised that Arthur Conan Doyle and Mark Twain fall in the fast category.
- Amazed that Trollope landed in the fast category, given that he worked full time at the post office.
- Took it for granted that Charles Dickens was a speedy guy.
- Fascinated that Dorothy Parker and James Joyce were slowpokes.
- Never heard of four of the seven slow pokes.
Cats vs. dogs
- Of course I knew about Papa Hemingway, Twain, and William Burroughs were cat people.
- Not surprised that Edward Gorey, Truman Capote, and Sylvia Plath also loved cats.
- Surprised that Woolf, Wharton, and William Faulkner were dog people.
“Lying or Moving?”
- Think the wording should be “Recumbent or Moving?” because I thought it referred to not telling the truth.
- Of course Edith Sitwell and Marcel Proust reclined.
- Surprised that George Orwell wrote lying down.
- Not surprised that Woolf stayed in motion.
- Surprised that Frost wrote on the move.
- Morning writer
- Started as a coffee drinker who switched to tea
- Definitely a cat person
- Always sat to write but could lie down if needed
- Morning writer
- Sipping coffee as I write, though I switch to tea in the afternoon.
- Definitely a cat person.
- Could never lie down to write, though I don’t stay on the move but rather stand.