What time of day do you write your best work?
Do you write with passion and inspiration in the morning, afternoon, or night? Or, is your muse disciplined enough that your best work comes out whenever you are sitting at your desk, no matter what time it is?
No specific time. I am totally dependent on my muse's visit.
I'm learning when to sit down and start working and when to not bother. There is a feeling that comes over me that is an overwhelming urge to write. At those times I know I will be productive. I don't even need to have an idea to start with. It is a very organic experience. Of course, there are the other times when I may as well go for a hike or wash dishes because nothing good is going to happen if I try to force the words out.
Sometimes things just come to me and i whip out my phone and just type like crazy before it all disappears from my mind. When i'm in "the zone" so to speak i just cant talk to anyone and just type like crazy in notes haha.
I just read an article about a freelance writer who had to type out her entire article on her phone because her client needed it done and her computer was having issues. It's funny how quickly our ideas can leave us if we don't write them down.
You're writing skills and talents can be honed-in-upon if you so choose. If you can develop a daily routine to do your writing then your so called "inspiration" can be tapped into with little or no effort. Try it for a week and you'll see what I mean.
I write my hubs in the morning and work on my novels in the evening. I'm not sure why, but it seems my mind deals with facts and figures like for hubs better in the morning and becomes more artistic like for creating stories later in the day.
That is a very interesting answer. I wonder if it uses different parts of your brain that function higher at some times and not others. for instance, if you hand me a calculus problem at 7 am, I'll cry.
If you hand me a calculus problem at any time I'll cry. LOL! I think it may be because at night I want to relax and not think too hard. To me, writing fiction is as relaxing as watching a movie or listening to music.
Sheila, do you have any short stories available on HubPages?
I do. One is called "On the Storm-tossed Sea" and the other is "The Fireside Chat". I wrote them years ago and copied them here.
I would say I'm generally more productive in the late morning and early afternoon -- but that's not always true. I go through times when morning is definitely best for me. Unfortunately, I go through times when no time of day is best for me too!
Any time of day is good if I am not distracted by other things. People just don't always get it that you are a writer without spelling it out to them. A writer needs uninterrupted moments to write.
During my kids' nap time, for sure!! I can't get much work done when I'm playing with my little crazies! I *also* can't get much (quality) work done after bedtime when I'm hanging out with my husband; that's our quality relationship time. So I do my best writing between 12:30 and 3:00.
What about you?
It depends on the type.
Analytical/informational writing I do best before noon, but creative writing is better in the evening.
I enjoy writing when I'm relaxed and uninterrupted. That often means typing late at night when I'm still awake and everyone else is asleep. I jot down a few notes or ideas in the course of a day but, as a pattern, the writing is done (primarily) at night.
I think i'm more productive at night, between 9pm to 12am. When i'm writing, i want a peaceful environment.
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