It is known that Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol was very afraid of being buried alive. And even seven years before his death, he wrote a will, in which he asked not to bury the body until the time when signs of decomposition appeared. In addition, Gogol constantly had sweets in his pockets - lumps of sugar, bagels, sweets. He gnawed them while talking or working. By the way, many of Gogol's brothers in the pen were distinguished by strange habits.
Honore de Balzac believed that the best time to work was at night. He always lit six candles and sat at his desk all night. At the same time, the writer's biographers assured that he could work 18 hours in a row. So, he wrote not only at night? Balzac knew how to "cheat" the time - he tightly closed the shutters on the windows, pulled the curtains and turned the clock hands, turning day into night. In addition, the writer drank a lot of coffee - up to 50 cups a day.
Our great poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin also loved coffee. But, even more he loved lemonade. As soon as the poet sat down at his desk, a decanter of lemonade was placed in front of him. According to the recollections of Konstantin Danzas, a friend of Pushkin since the time of the Lyceum, even before the duel, Alexander Sergeevich drank a glass of lemonade in a confectionery.
Guy de Maupassant was among the Parisians who protested against the construction of the Eiffel Tower in the city. He assured that this awkward structure distorts the image of the French capital. However, the writer found a way out - every day he went to a restaurant located in the tower, explaining this by the fact that the restaurant is the only place in Paris from where it is not visible.
To be honest, rotten apples do not have the most aromatic smell. But, on the contrary, they encouraged the German poet Friedrich Schiller to create, therefore, he filled his desk drawer with them. In Schiller's office, the curtains were necessarily red, and while he was working, he lowered his feet into a trough of ice water. He said that this procedure invigorates and inspires him.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky originally collected material for his works: on the street he could stop a casual passer-by and talk with him for a long time on various topics. While working, Dostoevsky read the text aloud aloud. Moreover, sometimes he did it so menacingly that the footmen were afraid to enter the writer's office.
Vladimir Nabokov wrote most of his texts on small pieces of paper, which he then stitched together to resemble a book. And he loved to write with a pencil with a rubber eraser at the end. And Nabokov often walked with a net and caught insects, of which he made an impressive collection. He managed to discover about two dozen new species of butterflies.
Victor Hugo often threw an unfinished work, and then could not force himself to return to it. I even had to go for a trick. For example, while working on the novel Notre Dame Cathedral, the writer shaved half of his head baldly and threw away the razor so that there was no temptation to go out. And while working on another novel, he completely undressed and ordered the servants to take the clothes out of the house.
Ernest Hemingway started work early in the morning. First he wrote the text by hand, then he typed it on a typewriter. After lunch, Hemingway never wrote, at noon he began to count the number of words in the text, as if summing up the work done.