Thursday, January 19, 2017

Do You Write in the Bathtub?



In the past year I’ve seen two movies with scenes of writers pecking away at manual typewriters and conducting business by phone all while soaking in the tub. The first was Clifton Webb in Laura and the most recent was Bryan Cranston as Trumbo (both great movies). Apparently Dalton Trumbo actually did prefer the tub for cranking out his screenplays.  

The blog AnOther featured a post, “Where Writers Write,” stating that poet Rod McKuen and the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, also found themselves at their most creative in the tub. Christie munched on apples while immersed.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with bringing the first bathtub to America from France. It is said that he read and wrote in the tub. See “Benjamin Franklin and the Bathtub” in The Daily Tubber.

According to the blog Postcripts, French playwright Edmond Rostand, creator of Cyrano de Bergerac, also wrote in his bathtub. Ditto for Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita. See the post, “The Work Habits of Highly Successful Writerson Postcripts.

Each to his or her own. Me? I’d rather work in my comfortable, and dry, bed.   

Writers, where do you like to practice your craft?



10 comments:

Patricia Gligor said...

Maggie,
I had to laugh as I read your post because, when I plan to have a nice, long soak in the tub, I always put my cordless phone (in case someone calls) and a pen and pad of paper within reach. You just never know when a good idea will hit. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I do a fair amount of thinking about stories in the shower but no actual writing.

Amy Reade said...

At the dining room table or in the library. No tubs in either one!

Neil Waring said...

For me, on lazy days, nothing beats sitting in my recliner with my laptop. Laptop might not do well in the shower.

Maggie King said...

Charles, there's a product called AquaNotes that you can use in the shower.

I agree, baths and showers are for thinking about writing, not writing itself. But we have to go with the creative muse.

Thanks for your comments.

Linda Thorne said...

I found this interesting. I have to be at my home work station. No music, no bathtubs. Strictly quiet and in my purely business mode. I don't even think about writing in a shower or bathtub. My husband and I are still wondering why TV ads about things like "Viagra" keep showing people in two separate bathtubs. This is the first I've heard of writing in them. I'll have to let him know it happens. We'll never get the two bathtubs in ads about when to have sex. That one is way over our heads.

Maggie King said...

I've wondered about those two tubs. Wouldn't you think they'd both be in one?

Liane Spicer said...

I shower, so tub-writing is out for me. I write in bed, mostly. Rarely at my desk.

Those links are great!

Joyce Brown said...

I'll have to give writing in the tub a try--next summer. I would end up frozen in the winter, unless I turned the heat up to sizzling!

Jewel Amethyst said...

I've written in the bathroom, but it's not in the tub :)