I've heard many times that we all should "set goals that make you want to jump out of bed at 6 AM" Well, what about THREE AM? Does your writing inspire you that much? OR, maybe I should say, does being a writer inspire you that much? (inspire/excite) I was just (minutes ago, literally) watching a news story about the Kentucky Derby and they were interviewing a trainer and the reporter asked, "How does it feel to be training for the Kentucky Derby?" The trainer responded, "It feels great. It's what gets you up at three in the morning." This rang a bell with me. It took me back to my early days of writing, when my excitement was off the charts and everything was fascinating, anything seemed possible, and just being involved in the process DID get me up at 3AM. I remember writing through the night, making charts, plotting, leaving my desk for 2AM walks around the neighborhood in between sessions, then returning to the keyboard until time to shower and drive to work that morning. That phase was so exciting. (question: should that phase ever end?) Maybe there's some delusion of grandeur in every new writer, or perhaps naivety, but in any case I still look back fondly on those early days. (ah, I'm rambling. Get to the point!) Okay, here's my question: Is your writing 'big enough' to get you up at 3AM ? (And, if not, shouldn't it be?) Do we need that, as the juice that pushes us forward? Or, is writing more 'matter of fact' for you... just churning out pages without highs and lows? This post definitely falls into the 'why' category, and not the how or where or when or what. But I happen to think the 'why' pushes the other four, informing how you set up your routines, methods, even maybe how you choose your topics/content. Anybody want to jump in here? Me, I definitely miss the old 3AM days. I want to get them back. I think each day should be as exciting as that horse trainer indicated in the interview. Just think about what that would add to your life!