Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors

July 13, 2011

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In his 1991 interview with Wolfe, George Plimpton says, “It wouldn’t be a Paris Review interview unless we asked you about your work habits.” Wolfe replies, “I use a typewriter. I set myself a quota — ten pages a day, triple-spaced, which means about eighteen hundred words. If I can finish that in three hours, then I’m through for the day. I just close up the lunch box and go home — that’s the way I think of it anyway. If it takes me twelve hours, that’s too bad, I’ve got to do it.” He then mentions that Thomas Clayton Wolfe, the early 20th Century novelist, wrote while leaning over a refrigerator because he was so tall.

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