Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Roald Dahl: Noteworthy Writing Habits


Roald Dahl in his writing hut. C. Jan Baldwin
Roald Dahl in his writing hut. C. Jan Baldwin

Roald Dahl, beloved British author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach would have recently celebrated his 99th birthday. (September 13th is officially Roald Dahl Day, though many celebrations continue throughout the month) 

For over 30 years, Dahl would meander through a path of lime trees to his humble writing shed (pictured above) at the bottom of his garden.

From this article, The Humble Garden Shed (Writing Hut) Of Roald Dahl, we learn that Dahl used an electric pencil sharpener each morning to sharpen six Dixon Ticonderoga HB pencils which were kept in a cracked Toby jug. When these six pencils needed to be sharpened again, it was time to break for lunch.

Did you know that Dahl wrote down every single idea that popped into his head? He recorded them in what he called his “Ideas Books.”  Sometimes single sentences in those books went on to become short stories or novels like Fantastic Mr. Fox. It is reported that Roald Dahl wrote longhand on yellow legal writing pads which were specially imported from America.

Listen to Roald Dahl talk about writing.

Roald Dahl and the Creative Process: Writing from Experience

Tidbits and Trivia about Roald Dahl

A Day in the Life of Roald Dahl: Tidbits and Trivia Part 2

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