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    Preferred time for writing?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Kita, Jul 25, 2013.

    Personally I prefer to write at night because I never seem to get peace to write during the day. Does anyone else have a preferred time for writing?
     
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    Honestly, I would prefer to write during the day.

    My brain, however, prefers the night, because apparently all of my ideas come from fatigue.
     
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    When your tired the parts of your brain that control logic slow down a bit, so you feel more creative. Often ideas happened upon in the wee hours of the night won't seem so great after a good rest.

    I write whenever it tickles me.
     
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    I'm an early morning writer. In fact, I'm writing THIS at 4.34 am. I purposely go to bed early so I get a good night's sleep, get up very early, have coffee and go for a walk (on reasonably nice mornings) then come back and get stuck in. I'm retired now, but I started doing this while I was working, to give myself several hours of writing time before entering the fray.

    Not only is there peace and quiet to be had at this time of day, but I find that ideas really flow just after I wake up—that subconscious dream state is still hanging in there. The walk is a great story problem-solver, and many of my story links come together on my walk. I carry a notebook with me to scribble them down. (Have no idea what people think if they happen to look out their windows at 5.15 am and see somebody standing in front of their house, scribbling ferociously into a tiny notebook, but I've not been arrested yet!)

    Once somebody starts yakking at me or the phone starts ringing or whatever, I lose the ability to create 'worlds.'

    I can edit any time of day, though—as long as somebody's not standing at my elbow wittering on about potato blight or the latest football scores. Editing requires a different 'kind' of brain, I reckon. Or at least a different hat on top of it.
     
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    An early morning walk sounds like a great idea! Something I may take up myself.
     
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    Whenever I can find peace and quiet. Actually that's not how it sounds. I can write with noise all around, I need peace and quiet inside.
     
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    I prefer to write when alone, which due to certain circumstances means I'm only ever really alone during the 1-2 hours between everyone else going to bed and when I finally decide to turn in. I've just had to train myself to be able to write with ongoing distractions: something I mastered while living on-campus in my first year of college. I can write anywhere at anytime.
     
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    whenever the inspiration is there, i have been known to sit in a cafe for three hours writing solidly once
     
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    I tend to be really flexible with my writing schedule. Most of the time I find myself writing deep into the night, however I've been able to wake up and write if I've got an idea fresh on my mind. It also helps that I am self-employed, so I can take notes or write a quick reminder to myself between work tasks without worrying about a boss being all kinds of upset with me.

    I find that I typically do the bulk of my writing at night after I've spent an entire day thinking up a scene and creating the framework. That, I suppose, is when most of the pages really flow.

    ~~SP
     
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    Whenever I can manage it. Now that I work from home a lot, the opportunities are much more frequent (just on my lunch hour, of course).
     
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    Whenever the muse calls I pick up the phone.

    Last night we had an on and off conversation that ran from one AM to three.

    I filled several 3x5 cards with her dictation.

    And I will translate them into my language -as soon as I tear myself away from this current distraction.
     
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    I prefer to write during the Holocene Epoch. It works best for me. I actually find it impossible to write at any other time.
     
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    LOL! The anthropologist in me chuckled at that. Particularly since the Holocene makes an appearance in my current novel. :D
     

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