John Cheever wrote in his underwear. Hemingway wrote in short bursts while it was cool because he couldn’t stand the heat. Truman Capote wrote lying down. William Faulkner kept the whiskey flowing. Short List share the “quirks that led to the masterpieces,” in this funny little piece.

While you’re there, you might also enjoy a peek at the “40 Most Powerful Literary Quotes of All Time.” Too subjective? We think so, too. But fun, nonetheless. (And, truthfully? As far as quotes go, this 40 is a pretty good bunch.

“We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.” — P.D. James (The Children of Men)

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