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    What time of day do you feel most creative?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Viridian, Feb 10, 2015.

    For me its around lunchtime and through the afternoon. I used to write during my lunch hour and LOVED it. I hated going back to work. I would have so many ideas running around my head. Now I only have a short lunch break so no time to write. I 'make time' of an evening when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, but just as I'm getting in to my flow its 11.00pm and I'm fighting sleep and fresh ideas are harder to come by. But I'm still doing it, because I love it :D
     
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    I regularly stay up to 2 in the morning after everyone has gone to sleep. Any ideas that I have developed during the day have a chance to be put down without any interruptions. Needless to say, I am not a morning person.
     
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    I usually am a morning person, but I haven't been for the past few years. If I can arrange my schedule so that I go to bed around 9:30 or 10:00 pm, I do it, and I'm up at 5 am. Those early morning hours are magic to me. Nobody else is up; you get to greet the sunrise and the dawn birds begin singing and the world seems perfect. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN ON THE NEWS!! It spoils the perfection.

    In those magic hours, fresh coffee by my side and my pen in my hand, I'm at my best.

    Unfortunately, I don't get those hours much. Right now it's 3:15 in the morning where I am (California) and I'm still awake because I've been too busy recently to sleep when I want to. I'll probably get to bed by 4:00 am and sleep until 9 or 10, if the phone doesn't ring. It does have a nasty habit of ringing, though.

    When I'm on this schedule, I work late at night because I really don't have a choice. I have to write when the time is available. I just did nearly a thousand words after midnight and I'll probably hit it again tomorrow at this time. But I'd rather work in the early morning.
     
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    Any time besides midday apparently. It can be early morning when the sun is low, the birds are singing, and the dew has just lifted, or it can be in the evening when the light of day is gone and everything is settling in for the night.

    Midday just makes me feel really lazy.
     
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    Late evenings. When it's dark outside, and everybody's gone to bed and I'm alone. It seems like right before I tell myself I should get to bed, that's when all the ideas start flowing.

    I'd like to try writing in the early morning, but I just don't think I could drag my body out of bed.
     
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    I normally sit down to write at about 8.30 but it's not till 10.30 I actually hit my stride which is really annoying!! A good writing session usually means little sleep and ideas churning into the small hours. This would be fine if it wasn't for the pesky day job.
     
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    AM or PM?
     
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    PM. I can't form a sentence in the AM.
     
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    I write on an off all day until I'm off to bed.
     
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    i don't have a specific time of day where i feel creative whenever the creativity switch gets turned on i write.

    Some times i will write a little bit other times i will write a lot.
     
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    3AM... -_- and it's a fight to stay awake or keep going.
     
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    Right before bed. I don't know what it is about a cool pillow, but those minutes, staring at the ceiling, can quickly turn to hours if I'm not careful.
     
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    Evenings. I can usually work till two in the morning if I'm in a groove. Mornings I day dream, afternoons I stew on the idea, jotting things down. But evenings are when I write.

    I think it's cause I live in Canada. The winter has been miserable and it's tough enough trying to get up in the morning and face a grim sky the color of nothing let alone get in the mood to write. Maybe if I lived in Arizona ...
     
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    From late afternoon to midnight-ish.

    I'm a night person.
     
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    I'm more creative in the morning, I feel, but the practical reality of my life means the only time I have for writing is in the evening.
     
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    Night time for the most part
     
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    Morning hours starting from 6 am and till noon. If I didn't manage to complete all necessary/important works until 1 pm, the day is gone. I cannot even think about the work after the dinner.
     
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    Nighttime, which would be fine if I didn't need at least seven (and preferably eight) hours of sleep to function well. Stupid teenage sleep requirements.
     
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    Early early in the morning when I have awoken before my work shifts. Something like 3 to 4 am.
     
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    Beer O'clock, but then it all reads like crap the next day.
     
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    I totally agree. I usually have to get back up and let it all out before I'm able to sleep at all.
     
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    At night after everyone is asleep. I'm not a morning person at all and I might write a spark or two mid-day, but actual cohesive thoughts don't happen until after 9pm.
     
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    Don't think it's about time, but love. When you feel love, I think Hemingway said something similar, although I find him boring, that it takes love.
     
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    Mornings, first thing after I hit the bathroom, wash up, and grab a cup of coffee before work. I LOVE the quiet, love looking out the window at the end of darkness. It almost feels like there is magic in the last glimpse of the moonlight. That is when my mind is most alive, before it becomes cluttered with the events of the day.
     
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    If I didn't have to work or go to uni I'd probably run 10+

    Which is also why 9pm -2 am until I almost pass out tends to be when I get the most writing done.
     

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