Inspiration for any type or level of writer can be hard to come by, but some have come up with strategies to spark ideas. Many of the world’s most brilliant and prolific writers engaged in fairly eccentric practices while bringing their incomparable poetry and prose to the page. Some of their habits were born of practicality, others of superstition.
Some of the greatest writers of all time came up with rituals, routines, activities, or superstitions that would help them to access their inspiration. Because of these quirky practices, they nurtured their creativity and ended up writing some of the most well-known words of all time. The writers we profile below had very specific ideas about what writing utensils they could use, what hours of the day they would write, when they would proofread their writing, what they would wear while writing, and even what they wanted their writing spaces to smell like.