20 Authors Reveal What They Wear Whilst Writing Their Books #Writerslife #Author #writer


As you know I have been regularly interviewing authors about their writing practices and experiences. In each interview I have also asked the authors to tell me what they wear whilst working on their novels.

This valuable insight into a writer’s life deserves a summary blog post. 

So, let’s see what 20 authors wear whilst writing their books:

  1. Pyjamas covered in baby spit. Helen Treharne. 
  2. One wild and colourful item. Kelsey Horton.
  3. Tweed pyjamas, lucky pants and a fake beard. Tom Hocknell. 
  4. An authentic Tudor doublet and host, whilst wearing medieval shoes with fashionably long toes. Tony Riches. 
  5. Something cool and glamorous. Helen Jones. 
  6. Cheese and coffee stains. Geoff Le Pard.
  7. A comfortable outfit. Don Massenzio.
  8. A nice comfy fleece with M&S tracksuit or tartan pjs. Nicholas Rossis. 
  9. A smile and Chanel No. 5. Anita Dawes. 
  10. Whatever I have on before dropping the kids off at school. Rachael Ritchey. 
  11. T-shirts and shorts (all year round). Chris Mentzer.
  12. Pyjamas or nothing at all. S.K. Nicholls.
  13. Either fully made up with hair and makeup or I look homeless. Shelley Wilson. 
  14. Shorts and a tank top. Sue Coletta. 
  15. Yoga pants and a tank top. Tracy Krimmer. 
  16. Pyjamas and a hoodie. Isabelle Andover. 
  17. Sweats with or without chocolate stains, depending on the day I am having. Kimberly Wenzler.
  18.  Comfortable tops, old cardigans, slippers and socks, hair in a variety of hair bands and bulldog clips. Terry Tyler. 
  19. tracksuits pants and a black vest. Icy Sedgwick. 
  20. Yoga pants and gym clothes. Aila Stephens. 

Have a wonderful day and if you are a writer make sure you are wearing something from this list 🙂


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

45 thoughts on “20 Authors Reveal What They Wear Whilst Writing Their Books #Writerslife #Author #writer

  1. After so much attention typically paid to writers’ work spaces, this makes for an interesting twist. I have read articles about people who dress up in a suit and tie or the like for their work-at-home jobs, but as I writer, I just sit down when time permits. Lately that’s been largely before “getting dressed for the day” and running errands. But do other writers find dressing a part helps them in expressing it on the page? I’d like to hear from any who do. Now, about my ponytail, back after some 45 years …

  2. I’m glad I’m not emulating Tony Riches or I’d be wearing a shift, a linsey-woolsey gown, and apron and a cap. Seriously, I write in a nightgown and ratty bathrobe.

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