Time of Day Influences Writing

Hello everyone. I wish you a great Sunday. Forgive this article for being brief, but it’s a Sunday and I work Sunday mornings. Do not weep for me, for it is better than working Sunday evenings.

Seriously, the closing shift sucks.

Since we’re on the topic of the time of day, one of the lessons I learned working on my various books and scripts is that time of day has a big impact on how someone writes in both quality and quantity.

It varies from person to person. Some work best in the mornings while their minds are still racing from the melodies of REM sleep. Some work best in the evening watching the sun go down and contemplating the day’s adventures. Others like to find their middle ground between the two.

Most of us don’t have the luxury of choosing when to hammer something out and just take whatever hours we’ve been given, unless it’s a day off.

Though there are many self help articles on this topic, I didn’t expect it to be that truthful until a pattern started to emerge in my own work. I would procrastinate and insist on getting some work on the book done in the evening, then the evening would roll around and I’d find myself more in the mood to hit the hay than hit the books. In the morning though, the words just seemed ready to burst out like the breaking of a dam in a bad action movie.

I write this post for example at 5:50 in the morning my time, and it seems to be going well.

So here’s a simple top for all you aspiring wordsmiths. If you don’t know it already, find the time of day that works best for you. This will take some experimenting. Crack open your word canvas at various times of day and see which one had the most of that special magic. Once you’ve found that, that will be your time.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should exclude writing at all other times of day. Sometimes your story or poetry will power up the jackhammer to chip out of your head whenever it feels like it. But those are the times when the words are giving the orders. Your time of day is when you are at your best to give the orders.

You may not be able to write everyday, as is the case with most people. However, if you find your right writing time (teehee) you can see your output increase dramatically.


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