There are only twenty-four hours in a day. For most people, that’s nowhere near enough to do everything they want to get done. This is especially true for Anxious Authors, who would happily complete an entire novel in a day if time was no object, and had access to unlimited coffee.
On our busiest days, it’s not easy to find time to write, and sometimes even when we find it, the motivation isn’t always there. For some reason, there are some hours in the day when motivation to write isn’t a factor. Magical pockets of time in which the words just flow, and once we’ve started riding that wave, we’ve got to see it out until we wash up onto the shore.
Naturally, these hours aren’t at the most convenient times. But in my experience, they are great hours to start a writing spree that only ends when you run out of juice. That is to say, liquid caffeine.
By all rights, we should be asleep at this time. Insomniacs, I feel you. If you do happen to be up at this hour and have some writing to do, for goodness sake do it.
It’s difficult to say what makes this hour so perfect for writing. Maybe it’s the dead silence, the knowledge that nobody’s going to come downstairs and disturb you, or maybe it’s because we can raid the fridge, judgement free. Who knows?
But if you can’t sleep, grab that notebook and pen – or better yet, a laptop – and get to work. You might just manage a week’s worth of writing in one go!
Lunch time is one of the few hours during the day that it becomes possible to ride the golden wave of writing. Presumably we’ve been busy all morning, so we feel a little accomplished, and we’re pausing to refuel before getting ready for the rest of the day. This interval is an odd niche of time in which our minds are primed to get things done.
Naturally, we might be eating during this time, but hey, it’s possible to type and/or write with one hand. In fact, eating while we’re writing might even help get the juices flowing. All those feel-good brain chemicals from taking a bite out of a large brownie can’t hurt production.
Another inconvenient early morning hour. Oh, but this one is my favourite.
This pocket of time still captures the stillness and serenity of the night, while also easing us into the day with beautiful, early morning sunlight and birdsong. It’s another unique moment in the day that is both magical and good for productivity.
This hour is slightly easier to reach than the earlier hours, and if we’re lucky enough to be regular sleepers, we could schedule waking up a little earlier to take advantage.
These times aren’t always convenient, and planning our writing with them in mind isn’t the easiest if we have full schedules. But if we do find ourselves free for even a minute in these hours, for goodness sake, pick up that pen and get writing!
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