Start with: a bottle of ink a ream of paper a sturdy lock for the outside of your study door Write on: blue paper for fiction yellow paper for poetry pink paper for articles index cards cardboard Write with: only purple ink large blue pencils crayons Write standing. Write stretched on your belly on the carpet. Write in the passenger seat of your car. Hang upside down. Write: 500 words before noon 1000 words 3000 words 250 words in 15 minutes 2 perfect sentences Drink whiskey. Drink 50 cups of coffee. Work a twelve-hour shift, then write all night. Never write on a Friday. Mail-order six peacocks, one peahen, and four peachicks. Seek supervision from your cat. Examine your dog for fleas. Strip naked except for a gray shawl Wear a white coat. Smell the spoiled apples in your desk. Watch the sand flow through the hourglass.
Notes: This is a found poem that I created after reading The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers from Brain Pickings and 20 Weird and Wonderful Habits of Famous Writers at Write to Done.
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