Finding and setting aside time to write can be difficult. For some writers, it’s at night; for others, it’s in the morning. Life can be so busy, but as a writer, it’s essential to discipline yourself, making the time to write. Here are a few writers explaining what time works for them when it comes to writing. – Jenna Faccenda
I find that the best time of day for me to write is as soon as I get up. I make my first cup of tea, take it to my computer and get to work. I find that I’m fresh first thing in the morning when ideas are flowing. It’s before anything else interferes with my thoughts that I immerse myself in the story and write until I feel myself pulling out. When I was teaching, I went to my computer as soon as I got home and worked until I found myself pulling out of the story.
– Alice Wootson
This has always been something of a moving target for me. In college, I wrote a great deal of fiction nights between midnight and 3 a.m. In the 1990s I wrote an SF novel by getting up at 5 a.m. each morning and writing before getting ready for work. The novel after that was written mostly over lunch hours and evenings. SF author Connie Willis and I were on a panel in Seattle a few years back and someone in the audience asked this as part of a larger complaint about not finding any time to write at all. Connie told her, “There’s never going to be any time to write. You have to make the time.” You have to make it happen. And that’s kind of the final answer for me these days: The best time of day for me to write is wherever I manage to pry open half an hour.
– Gregory Frost
I’m always amazed (and a little jealous) of people who can just flip a switch and write anywhere and anytime. My go to time is after eight PM. I’m a night person…the brain simply doesn’t work before noon most days and it takes some time to shed the stresses of the day job before I can even think about writing. It definitely presents a challenge. Sometimes, if the day was a busy one, I can’t find the window and nothing gets done. Other days, I slip in perfectly, find that groove and then look up a few seconds later and find I’ve hammered out ten pages and it’s three in the morning (and I have to get up in four hours!)
– Jim Knipp
I am a sunrise kind of writer. By the time evening comes around, I’m so busy with other things, it’s tough to get into creative mode. When I drafted my first novel, I set up shop in Dunkin Donuts before the sun came up and then typed for an hour. I did this for five months straight, five days a week. I could not have done it at night. Even now, if I have an article to write or need to draft anything, I use my voice-to-text feature on my phone and speak my thoughts while I am driving. Since my morning commute is an hour, I get so much done letting technology grab my spoken words and put it into a file. As a writer, I feel accomplished before my day even begins because I can bang out paragraphs in my car on the way to work.
– Uriah Young
Finding the best time to write I believe is often determined by our daily disciplines. One of my daily disciplines is spending time in the morning reading inspirational material and then writing a few thoughts on how it spoke to me. The discipline of writing something in the morning helps me to consider those thoughts throughout the day. It also helps me to improve the skill of communicating a thought in written form. In addition to the daily disciplines, we must also find our personal mind-body rhythm. My rhythm is one where I am more creative at night rather than in the morning. Cultivating daily disciplines and embracing the mind-body rhythm will help any writer find their “best time”.
– Jim Hart