5.9.11

Diurnal vs. Nocturnal Writers: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky

From an interview with Leo Tolstoy
James Warner of Identity Theory draws attention to a passage in A. B. Goldenveizer's Talks with Tolstoy: 'I always write in the morning. I was pleased to hear lately that Rousseau too, after he got up in the morning, went for a short walk and sat down to work. In the morning one's head is particularly fresh. The best thoughts most often come in the morning after walking, while still in bed or during the walk. Many writers work at night. Dostoevesky always wrote at night. In a writer there must always be two people – the writer and the critic. And, if one works at night, with a cigarette in one's mouth, although the work of creation goes on briskly, the critic is for the most part in abeyance, and this is very dangerous' [Read more]

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