I've found that writing pastiche pieces imitating great writers can be a really helpful and fun excercise. It's a great way to practice technique and different writing styles, which can help you become a more versatile writer. To do it well you really have to analyze their writing styles by looking at things such as the kind of words they tend to use, sentence length, dialogue patterns, voice etc. Most writers have a specialty, something they are particularly effective at. It
People are often interested in the daily habits & routines of famous authors. While some writers have become infamous for their drug and alcohol usage, it's safe to say that you will never see a daily routine as absurd as Hunter Thompson's. Take a look below - it's honestly a miracle he lived past the age of 25 (let alone managed to write anything).
In the spring of 1934, a twenty-two year old aspiring writer named Arnold Samuelson journeyed to Key West to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway. Samuelson asked Hemingway his advice on how he too could become a great writer. Hemingway drew up a list of sixteen stories and novels and told Samuelson if he read all of them he would be off to a good start. Here’s Hemingway’s list: The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane The Open Boat by Stephen Crane Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert Dublin