Morning Or Night?

I recently read a post by a friend who admitted she was an insomniac. Since she was talking about getting her novel finished, I assumed she was saying she did a lot of writing at night. And this got me thinking about myself and others.

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I’ve seen some people say they write better in the early morning, and others in the evening.
I’ve done both. Written at 6:00 am and stayed up until 2:00 am.
For me, it doesn’t really matter the time of day. What matters more is that it’s uninterrupted time AND if the story is flowing well out of my head. That may be in the early morning, afternoon, or later at night.
So I’m curious how it is for others. If they write better a certain time of day, or if they’re more like me where the time doesn’t matter.
(I apologize if there are a lot of mistakes in this post, because although I really like getting my sleep at night, right now I am wide awake and it’s 5:00 am.)

9 Responses

  1. It’s not that I write *better* at a certain time of the day, but I am more likely *to* write on weekend mornings. If I try to do something else in the morning and plan on getting in my time later, it never happens. I just end up pushing it off. I also never seem to have steam after work to write.

  2. I like late at night. If I do wake early *a miracle* I despise having to put my writing away when family/breakfast/school calls. At night, I can keep writing if it’s flowing.

  3. I write when it flows. Might be at the dentist office. Might be at 2am. I gave up trying to figure out what triggers it and just go with, it’s easier on everyone. But! It’s nice to know I’m not alone at 2am. hee hee.

  4. I can’t write in the evenings. I’m not an extreme lark but I do get on better in the mornings. Unfortunately that means I want to do everything in the morning – writing, exercising, sorting e-mail, housework… So I have to choose!

  5. I tend to have more energy – creative and otherwise – in the morning. Coffee helps with that but I also just seem to focus better. That being said, I’ve been open to writing and being more creative at different times of the day, playing with different projects at different times, etc. I’m all for routine and discipline, but it helps me to shake things up from time to time. 🙂

  6. Used to be I did most of my writing from about 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Then I had kids. I’m still not a morning person, but I can do a decent job of writing mid-morning to noon, and if I’m really feeling the flow I have another peak around 4:00 p.m. But that one only goes to 5:30 or 6:00.

  7. I feel better about writing at night because nobody really expects me to be around to answer mail, answer texts, or be called on. It’s sort of like my own little night cocoon. “Staying up until 2 AM” sounded adorable to me, haha, because if I stay up “late” I will see the sunrise, and if I went to bed at 2 AM it would be super weirdly early. (Last night I went to bed at 5 AM. I was up editing, but it wasn’t anything unusual.) I love snuggling into my nighttime.

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