Brain Pickings had a fantastic post, “Famous Writersâ€™ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized“, which I had to share (click on the image for a much bigger viewable version):
“Over the years, in my endless fascination withÂ daily routines, I found myself especially intrigued by successful writersâ€™ sleep habitsÂ
… Â The end result â€” a labor of love months in the making â€” is this magnificentÂ visualizationÂ of the correlation between writersâ€™ wake-up times, displayed in clock-like fashion around each portrait, and their literary productivity, depicted as different-colored â€œaurasâ€ for each of the major awards and stack-bars for number of works published, color-coded for genre. The writers are ordered according to a â€œtimelineâ€ of earliest to latest wake-up times, beginning with Balzacâ€™s insomniac 1 A.M. and ending with Bukowskiâ€™s bohemian noon.”
It is a really cool visualization, with lots of neat info (Haruki Murakami: 4am, Leo Tolstoy and Virginia Woolf: 9am) and is definitely worth a look. It then got me thinking about writing, productivity and hours of sleep, which is probably a whole other topic for a later date. I’m a big believer of routine and writing, so I can see why the topic of writing and sleep is a popular topic amongst the writerly crowd.
Melville House has a snippet of related information in their blog post: “Writers: Don’t Sleep,” with the somewhat obvious caveat “thereâ€™s altogether too much pop-science crap around at the moment that tries to reduce genius to a neuroscientific formula.” Yeah …