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Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized – Brain Pickings

1/14/2017 Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized – Brain Pickings F amou Writer ’excellent meditation on the art of “creative leep” and wakeful dreaming, “we learn to e phicall till at the ame time we are encouraging our mind to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our datime live.” Over the ear, in m endle facination with dail routine , I found melf epeciall intrigued  ucceful writer’ leep hait — after all, it’ een argued that “leep i the et (and eaiet) creative aphrodiiac” and cience tell u that it impa ct everthing from our mood to our rain development to our ever waking moment. I found melf wondering whether there might e a correlation etween leep hait and literar productivit. The challenge, of coure, i that data on each of thee variale i hard to find, hard to quantif, or oth. o I turned to Italian information deigner Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who make materful viualization of cultural phenomena eemingl impoile to quantif — and, together, we et out to explore whether it might e poile to viualize uch a correlation. Firt, I handed them m note on writer’ wake-up time, amaed over ear of reading iographie, interview, journal, and other material. Man came from two ook — Dail Ritual: How Artit Work  Maon Curre and Odd Tpe Writer: From Joce and Dicken to Wharton and Welt, the Oeive Hait and Quirk Technique of Great Author  Celia lu e Johnon — a well a from the Pari Review interview and variou collection of diarie and letter . We ended up with a roter of thirt-even writer for whom wake-up time were availale — thi ecame the ae data et, around which we et out to quantif, then viualize, the literar https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/12/16/writers­wakeup­times­literary­productivity­visualization/ 1/5 " id="pdf-obj-0-7" src="pdf-obj-0-7.jpg">

F amou WriterSleep Habit v. Literar Productivit, Viualized

T he earl bird get the Pulitzer … ort of.

Y MARIA POPOVA

“In oth writing and leeping,” tephen King oerved in hi excellent meditation on the art of “creative leep” and wakeful

encouraging our mind to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our datime live.”

Over the ear, in m endle facination with dail routine, I

found melf epeciall intrigued  ucceful writer’ leep hait — after all, it’ een argued that “leep i the et (and

1/14/2017 Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized – Brain Pickings F amou Writer ’excellent meditation on the art of “creative leep” and wakeful dreaming, “we learn to e phicall till at the ame time we are encouraging our mind to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our datime live.” Over the ear, in m endle facination with dail routine , I found melf epeciall intrigued  ucceful writer’ leep hait — after all, it’ een argued that “leep i the et (and eaiet) creative aphrodiiac” and cience tell u that it impa ct everthing from our mood to our rain development to our ever waking moment. I found melf wondering whether there might e a correlation etween leep hait and literar productivit. The challenge, of coure, i that data on each of thee variale i hard to find, hard to quantif, or oth. o I turned to Italian information deigner Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who make materful viualization of cultural phenomena eemingl impoile to quantif — and, together, we et out to explore whether it might e poile to viualize uch a correlation. Firt, I handed them m note on writer’ wake-up time, amaed over ear of reading iographie, interview, journal, and other material. Man came from two ook — Dail Ritual: How Artit Work  Maon Curre and Odd Tpe Writer: From Joce and Dicken to Wharton and Welt, the Oeive Hait and Quirk Technique of Great Author  Celia lu e Johnon — a well a from the Pari Review interview and variou collection of diarie and letter . We ended up with a roter of thirt-even writer for whom wake-up time were availale — thi ecame the ae data et, around which we et out to quantif, then viualize, the literar https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/12/16/writers­wakeup­times­literary­productivity­visualization/ 1/5 " id="pdf-obj-0-53" src="pdf-obj-0-53.jpg">

e a correlation etween leep hait and literar productivit. The challenge, of coure, i that data on each of thee variale i hard to find, hard to quantif, or oth. o I turned to Italian information deigner Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who make materful viualization

of cultural phenomena eemingl impoile to quantif — and, together, we et out to explore whether it might e poile to viualize uch a correlation.

Firt, I handed them m note on writer’ wake-up time, amaed over ear of reading iographie, interview, journal, and other material. Man came from two ook — Dail

Johnon — a well a from the Pari Review interview and variou collection of diarie and letter.

We ended up with a roter of thirt-even writer for whom wake-up time were availale — thi ecame the ae data et, around which we et out to quantif, then viualize, the literar

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Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized – Brain Pickings

productivit of each author.

One important caveat i that there i an enormou degree of ujectivit in aeing a literar — or an creative — career, ut ince all information viualization i an exercie in ujective editorial judgment rather than a record of Ojective Truth, we ettled on a et of quantifiale criteria to meaure “productivit”: numer of pulihed work and major award received. Given that oth the duration and the era of an author’ life affect literar output — longer live offer more time to write, and ome author lived efore the major award were etalihed — thoe variale were alo indicated for context.

1/14/2017 Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized – Brain Pickings productivit of each author.Wend MacNaughton — illutrator extraordinaire and ver frequent collaorator — and aked her to contriute an illutrated portrait for each of the author. The end reult — a laor of love month in the making — i thi magnificent viualization of the correlation etween writer’ wake-up time, diplaed in clock-like fahion around each portrait, and their literar productivit, depicted a different-colored “aura” for each of the major award and tack-ar for numer of work pulihed, color-coded for genre. The writer are ordered according to a “timeline” of earliet to latet wake-up time, eginning with alzac’ inomniac 1 A.M. and ending with ukowki’ ohemian noon. The mot important caveat of all, of coure, i that there are countle factor that hape a writer’ creative output, of which leep i onl one — o thi in’t meant to indicate an direction of cauation, onl to highlight ome intereting correlation: for intance, the fact that (with the exception of outlier who are oth highl prolific and award-winning, uch a like radur and King) late rier eem to produce more work ut win fewer award than earl ird. The mot important point, perhap, i a meta one: A reminder that no pecific routine guarantee ucce, and the onl thing that matter i having a routine and the peritence implicit to one. howing up da in and da out, without fail, i the uret wa to achieve lating ucce. https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/12/16/writers­wakeup­times­literary­productivity­visualization/ 2/5 " id="pdf-obj-1-11" src="pdf-obj-1-11.jpg">

collaorator — and aked her to contriute an illutrated portrait for each of the author.

The end reult — a laor of love month in the making — i thi magnificent viualization of the

correlation etween writer’ wake-up time, diplaed in clock-like fahion around each portrait, and their literar productivit, depicted a different-colored “aura” for each of the major award and tack-ar for numer of work pulihed, color-coded for genre. The writer are ordered according to a “timeline” of earliet to latet wake-up time, eginning with alzac’ inomniac 1 A.M. and ending with ukowki’ ohemian noon.

The mot important caveat of all, of coure, i that there are countle factor that hape a writer’ creative output, of which leep i onl one — o thi in’t meant to indicate an direction of cauation, onl to highlight ome intereting correlation: for intance, the fact that (with the exception of outlier who are oth highl prolific and award-winning, uch a like radur and King) late rier eem to produce more work ut win fewer award than earl ird.

The mot important point, perhap, i a meta one: A reminder that no pecific routine guarantee ucce, and the onl thing that matter i having a routine and the peritence implicit to one. howing up da in and da out, without fail, i the uret wa to achieve lating ucce.

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vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized – Brain Pickings

Pore over (click the image to zoom) and delight in drawing our own concluion or merel in taking ome voeuritic enjoment:

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