I’ll admit it, I’m a Night Writer.
For me, I feel more creative and write better at night. The time when normal people are supposed to be in comfy pjs and sound asleep. Not me, not while fictional characters are pitter-pattering in the attic.
Like the other night, around midnight, my fingers were flying on the keyboard. Work writing, blog writing, fiction writing, for some reason, I get any kind of writing done with heavy eyelids in the wee hours of the night.
It got me thinking about what time other writers write. It can’t just be me writing at 1 in the morning, like a vampire, can it?
Is there such a thing as the best time to write? What kind of writer are you?
There are advantages to writing first thing in the morning. You have fresh and clear mind, before you start your day. More willpower and motivation early on in the day. Some people wake up bright and energized and ready to write. Word on the street, with the scientists (Yeah, I’m bringing the scientists into this), say that creative part of your brain is most active during and after sleep. Isn’t that cool?
The day is done, no more distractions. Writers who work at night tend to have stocked up ideas throughout the day. When your brain is tired, you start thinking out of the box. You can actually relax and be creative without being too critical of what you put on paper.
Night and Day
I heard a quote the other day, by E.B. White, that gave me the shivers.
“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”
Don’t just wait for the right time to write. Make do with the time you have. Yes, there’s school, work, kids, life, but don’t let all that stop you. There’s always time to write.
I know I need to work on that, making good writing habits for myself. Sometimes I feel like writing is like flying a kite and I’m waiting for the wind to be just right before my story flies. That’s not right, I need to fix that.
And if you are feeling a bit stuck, or want to shake up your writing routine, maybe try writing during a different time of day. See if that changes anything.
What time of day do you write best at? Are you a morning or night writer? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear for you.
Write with Heart,