Apparently a writer can write anywhere they happen to be. I came across this trivia I thought I would share about famous writers who wrote from prison. This experience must have inspired them in some way to come up with the following books while incarcerated.
Personally, as a writer, I can see how your mind can go all over the place because my mind does that all the time. But, surprisingly, not all of these works are coming from a dark place, like perhaps you’d expect if you are writing from a dungeon or stone cell looking out through bars. You would be expecting the heart to be full of vengeance, but not so with everybody.
Voltaire spent 11 months jailed in Bastille, Paris, for writing poems against the regent. His epic poem was titled Henriade.
John Bunyan was jailed for 11 years for holding Puritan services which were against the Church of England at the time. While in prison he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, published in London in 1678.
Miguel de Cervantes was jailed in 1597 for deficits as the naval quartermaster. The three months he was incarcerated, he wrote Don Quixote.
John Cleland was jailed in London for debts. A publisher, Drybutter, offered to get him out of prison for 20 guineas, if he would write a pornographic novel, so he wrote Fanny Hill or the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure in 1750.