We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.
– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Hemingway may have had the reputation of a booze-hound, but his work was the main priority in his life.
Although his drinking has been romanticized, it always took a backseat to his craft. His writing is the result of dedication to a good routine – not his booze fueled good times. Have you ever tried writing hungover? Fighting off the headache long enough to make a cup of coffee is challenging enough; writing Pulitzer Prize winning fiction is a near impossibility. Hemingway loved his liquor, and even created his own drink, but he was also an early bird who wrote every day from around 6 am until noon: