Literature

Unique quirks of famous writers and artists

These strange habits are what kept their creative juices flowing.

Just imagine one day you tell your boss that the only way you could get productive in work would be by standing upside down or napping during your office hours? That may not end well for you; you could even get fired. But that does not mean that some people have indeed done some of that to be productive and not just anyone but some of the legendary names in the literary world. So, here are some of the unique quirks of famous writers and artists.

Salvador Dali

The master of surrealist art was a great advocate of naps and considered them vital to increase productivity. No, these naps were not meant for refreshing and getting some rest;instead, the great master reared his creative side by the power of the hypnagogic state. ahypnagogic state is the moment just when you fall asleep. This very brief state comes when you hang between dreaming and being conscious, he believed that it is in this state that you can get some unique and strange ideas. And the best part is that you are conscious enough to remember the idea. These visions helped Dali to create masterpieces.

Dan Brown

While Dali drifted between dream and consciousness, Dan Brown has a unique way of fighting writer’s block. While most of the writers fight the writer’sblock by going amidst nature or listening to music, Brown, suspends himself upside down in a pair of gravity boots. The method is medically known as inversion therapy that is used to relieve back pain. But Dan Brownused this method to get the blood circulating to the brain, and that helps to clear his mind. And that is how a masterpiece like “The Da Vinci Code” came into existence.

Virginia Woolf

Her method of attaining the literary genius was not strange like Brown or Dali. She was quite particular about the way she wrote her manuscripts. She worked standing at a desk that was three and a half feet high. Now the reason behind this habit had nothing to do with comfort instead, it was a result of deep-rooted sibling rivalry. She chooses this position to be on the same level as her sister Vanessa who stood the whole day. She chose discomfort so that her work should not appear less arduous than her sister.

Do you have any strange quirk to increase your productivity?

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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