Writer Superstitions

Most famous writers adopted bizarre habits and superstition year-round in an attempt to get their masterpieces words down on paper.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812–1870) carried a navigational compass with him at all times and always faced north while he slept. He believed this practice improved his creativity and writing.

Dr. Seuss
The author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904–1991), better known as Dr. Seuss, kept an immense collection of nearly three hundred hats. When dealing with writer’s block, Dr. Seuss would go to his secret closet, where he would choose a hat to wear until he felt inspired.

Alexander Dumas
French author Alexander Dumas (1802 – 1870) wrote his historical adventure novels The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo using a color-coded system. He was very specific on the colors for his works. Blue was the color for his fiction novels, pink for non-fiction or articles, and yellow for poetry.

Edith Sitwell
Edith Sitwell (1887 – 1964) was a famous British poet who used to lie in a coffin before starting the working day. She claimed it helped ‘clear her head’!

Friedrich Schiller
The German poet Friedrich Schiller (1759 – 1805) used to keep rotten apples under the lid of his desk and inhale their pungent scent when he needed inspiration. In 1985 researchers at Yale University found that the smell of spiced apple has a powerful elevating effect on people and can even stave off a panic attack… so maybe he was on to something?

Honoré de Balzac
So this one is debatable, depending on the size of the cup, etc., but it is thought that the nineteenth-century French writer Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) supposedly consumed up to fifty cups of coffee per day. In fact, it is even rumored he died from caffeine poisoning.

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