When the Styrons settled in their Connecticut farmhouse and began a
family, his life became the ideal of any aspiring writer: productive
yet relaxed, sociable yet protected. On the door frame outside his
workroom, he tacked a piece of cardboard with a quotation from Flaubert
written on it: ''Be regular and orderly in your life, like a good
bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.''
The precept seemed to work for him, but it was an unconventional routine he stuck to: sleep until noon; read and think in bed for another hour or so; lunch with Rose around 1:30; run errands, deal with the mail, listen to music, daydream and generally ease into work until 4. Then up to the workroom to write for four hours, perfecting each paragraph until 200 or 300 words are completed; have cocktails and dinner with the family and friends at 8 or 9; and stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning, drinking and reading and smoking and listening to music.
With Rose to guard the door, run the household, organize their busy social life and look after the children, Mr. Styron followed this routine over the next 30 years.
The New York Times, November 2, 2006