Writers And Their Hobbies

Writers are human. Barely so, and most likely they’re a bunch of people trying to act like one. Struggling to do so. But they also tend to do things that fellow humans also do, which also includes having a hobby or two.

Martin Amis

Martin Amis was so passionate about video games that he even wrote a book about them: Invasion of the Space Invaders: An Addict’s Guide to Battle Tactics, Big Scores and the Best Machines.

Henry Miller

Henry Miller had a more exotic hobby. UFOs. Not only that, but he also believed to had seen one in the 50s. He went as far as to promote Flying Saucers Are Real, a book by Donald Keyhoe, which attracted the jokes of many of his friends.

Truman Capote

The writer was a big fan of step dance. At one time during his youth he had even dreamed of being on stage.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith was obsessed with Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones guitarist. Yup, that was her hobby. She even grabbed him by the ankle during a concert, an achievement she was quite proud of.

Flannery O’Connor

Not only did she raise peacocks, but she was passionate about all kinds of birds, from ducks to more exotic species. When she was a little girl she dressed chicken to walk backwards.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo was passionate about drawing. He began to become obsessed with drawing, especially after he quit writing. He created some four thousand works, which were good enough to prompt Eugene Delacroix to state that if Hugo would have pursued drawing instead of writing he would have become the best visual artist of his age.

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16 thoughts on “Writers And Their Hobbies

  1. My list of hobbies is very extensive. For the most part, I will try anything once. The hobby I am most known for is Paper Arts (Scrapbooking, Card Making, Home Decor and Party decor). I enjoyed success in the industry for many years. This includes several publications and traveling across the US teaching. Alas, my heart is on the page and it is not a hobby but something I am very passionate about. I think the reason I love scrapbooking and was able to be successful at it was the storytelling aspect. I often taught classes on how to better your journaling. Great post I would love to hear what your and others hobbies.

      1. Oh I am fluent in English and American Sign Language and am working on German! I love painting, my grandfather taught me. I love sports as well. I started school as a Psych major but switched to and English major with emphasis on Languages so we have plenty in common

      2. Trying to learn Italian and Russian. The Russian thing is a lot more difficult because of the alphabet. I admire painting a lot, but suck at it. I still do it because it’s like therapy to me. So relaxing. I would like to learn sign language. Seems like a neat thing to know.

  2. Very interesting list. I’m reading “Wise Blood” (by Flannery O’Connor) right now, I’m more than half way through and I’m still not sure what she’s getting at, but the prose is excellent. Do you think you’ll make a part II to this list? 🙂

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