Morning, afternoon or evening? Most of us have a specific time of the day – or at least an idealized time of day – that we think is the perfect time to write. Scientists have explored various rhythms of the human body as well as our productivity cycles and have concluded that there are optimal times to do certain activities. It has been decided that the best time to write is first thing in the morning, before breakfast, before brushing your teeth or showering. Science supports that the area of the brain linked to creativity is most active immediately following sleep.
Ernest Hemingway said, “When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible.”
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Generally speaking, in the mornings:
- we have clearer minds,
- are in better moods,
- have more willpower,
- the creative brain is awake,
- it builds a writing habit,
- fulfills the task before a busy day
Then there are the night owls. Research does back up the idea of writing at night. The chores are done, the to-do lists do not matter and all distractions are to bed. It is quiet. Plus, you have a stock of ideas that are eager to be written. So, for those who believe that writing late at night is ideal, do it.
In an ideal world
you would have time to write every day
and all day long – as I do.
Fact is: with most people, work, home and family comes first and everyone has different rhythms. Whether you are a morning lark or a night owl, the key is to make it a habit and just do it. The more you write the better you will get.
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