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    What time do you work best at?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by hoggyboy, Jan 2, 2012.

    Well I am writing my first novel since completing year 12.


    So far I've written just over 20000 words (aiming for about 60-70 thousand)

    anyway i have noticed that i work best at night hence my ridiculous sleeping pattern. I write from 10/11pm to 4/5/6/7am and then go to sleep till 1 or something.

    what time do you guys work when you write? is there a specific time? or is it like you get in a mood and just go crazy?
     
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    Evening, no doubt. All my best ideas seem to come to me then.
     
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    Early morning and early evening. I start to get depressed by my efforts if I work late.
     
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    Evening, mostly, but I suspect that's only because it's the time of day when my brain settles down and starts organising thoughts and ideas. I can (and do) write at any time.
     
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    I used to find unsociable hours worked best for me at Uni, between 1-5am was when I'd get my most creative work done.

    Now that employers insist on unfair working hours ;) I tend to get the bulk of my writing done early eve and anytime at weekends.
     
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    I work best whenever I am undisturbed. This means no music, no radio, no distractions at all. Around here I get that in the middle of the night when my insomnia has me in its grip or in the middle of weekdays when everyone is is at school or work.
     
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    any time of the day or night when i have something in mind that needs to be written...
     
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    I also write my best work between 1-5am. I think because I'm more prone to risk-taking at this hour.
     
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    I actually find I work better when I have music playing in the background for some reason, particularly romanian dance music.

    dunno why, could also be because I write action stories and like getting pumped up
     
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    I'm a night-writer too, and write best between 9 or 10pm until 2am, but I often start earlier, around 7 or 8. I usually go to bed around 4 in the morning and sleep until 1 or 2pm :p And I love it!!! :D I wish i could do this always! (but when my job starts again in three weeks I won't be able to do that anymore, I'm afraid. :( )
     
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    I work best at nights, it's then I can access my deepest and darkest thoughts. I also have a very bad sleeping pattern. I barley sleep.
     
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    Evening is my most common time to write, but I do prefer to write in the morning. The natural sunlight eases my weak eyes and makes it easier to continue to write for extended periods of time.
     
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    My favorite time to write is early in the morning. I used to get up at 4 am and go to the office (I lived a long way from work then, and going in early allowed me to miss the traffic). That meant I'd have about three or even four hours at the office before anybody else would show up. That was PRIME WRITING TIME, BABY!! Nobody around, nice and quiet, a fresh pot of coffee ... I've never been more productive.

    Now I'm not in that job and I'm not in that environment. I work at home, and I've gotten out of the habit of getting up early. I'm nowhere near as productive, writing-wise, as I was back then.
     
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    When my butt is in the seat and I'm not procrastinating.
     
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    Wow, seems a lot of writers favour the wee small hours - as do I. I'm not sure what came first, the writing or the insomnia, but I can't sleep until I am so physically exhausted that there's not even a remote possibility of me being able to write another sentence. This usually occurs about 3 or 4am, which is bad because I'm up at 5.15am these days for work! But I can't write when anyone else is around, so I have to wait for other people to go to bed, which is at least 11pm, if not midnight. That eats into my writing time :-(

    Then again, when I've tried to write in sociable hours I find it a bit forced - I think my brain needs a whole day to warm up before it gets productive ;-)
     
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    Actually, I drink a lot of rum and the next chapter just forms in my head, even the dialogue. I write it down sober the next morning.
     
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    TOO true. Facebook. YouTube. GameFAQS. ISOhunt... they really get dig into my writing time :-S

    Lucky you! Normally the ideas formed by good ol' Captain Morgan need to be written down asap as they don't survive until the morning ;)
     
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    Early morn or late at night. I notice that if I force myself to write, then do whatever else, I get to it when I'm ready.
     
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    I write at any time of day, when I feel like it but I always find that I write much better at night and I'll wake up in the morning and wonder how I did it :) I tend to regret what I write ALOT but often, I find that I don't usually regret what I write if I've written it at night. I'm not sure why this is - maybe it's because at night, anything seems possible which I think makes my stories a lot more realistic.
     
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    I used to write it down but couldn't read my writing the next morning. That's when I realized that I remembered every word.
     
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    Rum fuelled writing? Hmm. You must be a different kind of drunk to me coz the stuff I write when I'm squiffy is complete crap, lol
     
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    Well said XD

    I'd have to say evenings and any time after midnight...so 7-11pm and 2-5am.
    Not sure why, but there it is.
     
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    Yes, but you're not meant to realise that until the next morning! :D
     
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    I am not a morning person, so my best writing tends to be when I'm at my best, which is at late afternoon and night. I like to write at night, there is just something so relaxing about the quiet and darkness which really helps.
     
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    In the evening when I've had my full, and music on.
     

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