Quite frankly, I can not beat this: [DE]
Colette had a creative ritual of plucking the fleas from Souci, her French bulldog, until she was ready to write.
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Odd Type Writers
Broach the subject of fonts with a group of authors and there's a strong chance the conversation will turn into a shouting match.
For some, creativity best unfurls with an elegant serif. Others prefer a bold san serif on the page. Most of the writers I know have adopted a few quirks over time. These range from simple preferences, like pen over pencil, to more outlandish needs. For example, one might guzzle an entire packet of Swedish Fish every time inspiration runs dry, or set up a series of fans to create an optimum breeze while writing.
It's no surprise then that famous writers have their own unusual habits.
As I discovered while conducting research for my recent book, Odd Type Writers ($16, Perigree), some of the greatest literary minds of all time came up with techniques that were as inventive as their own fiction. There's clearly no formula for composing masterpieces. Rather, it seems that the path to literary fame is paved with one's own eccentricities.