Born in France, Victor-Marie Hugo is rightly remembered for his amazing literary output.
His chief works to this day remain Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (in French: Notre-Dame de Paris).
But these two are not even close to the amount of work he generated. He wrote in a large number of genres (lyrics, satires, epics, philosophical poems) and also produced more than 4,000 drawings.
How did he manage to achieve this?
Big Idea: Hide Your Clothes
The trick Victor Hugo used to create such a rich portfolio of work was quite simple. He spent most of his days locked up inside his study. And to prevent himself from going out, he locked his clothes away - gave them to his servants. The instructions were that the clothes can be returned to him only after he finishes a chapter.
With nothing except a large shawl. The only thing the author did was to write abundantly.