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    Roald Dahl’s writing routine involved a shed, a sleeping bag, and cigarettes.

    Corinne Segal

    September 15, 2022, 10:57am

    In 1982, Frank Delaney of the BBC visited Roald Dahl at home for a long conversation that meandered from children’s literature to 18th-century furniture and making orange marmalade. During that visit, Dahl gave Delaney a glimpse at his writing routine, which consisted, at the time, of four hours a day spent in a writing shed on his property.

    It’s delightful to see: Dahl walks from his cottage to his shed in the garden, where he proceeds to step into a sleeping bag (“that’s right up to my chest; keep the feet warm, the legs warm”), sit in what looks like an absolutely enormous chair, sharpen six pencils (“they always have to be sharpened before I start”), and start working, cigarette in hand.

    “In the end, you get something done,” Dahl told Delaney.

    The whole interview below is worth watching, and the relevant part starts at about 5:00.

    May we all, one day, have the space for the writing shed and enormous chair of our dreams.

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