Most every morning, my Write Time is when I wake up between 4:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. My mind is clear and ready to transmit.
What does that mean? It means I write in my robe. I don’t take the time to get dressed. Some of my best writing comes early in the morning before anything else can enter my brain. Before any activity can sidetrack me.
Getting up early ensures that I will write daily. My imagination flows when used frequently. For me, it has become an addictive activity.
To focus on writing, I must isolate myself in a specific moment and dedicate my sole attention to creating. This allows me to forget about what’s going on around me and narrow my thoughts.
The door of my creative mind may open a short period before I rise. When I realize what is happening, I get up from bed, go to my closet and grab my robe and slippers. I then go to the kitchen to make coffee and grab my laptop. I wrap myself in the comfort of my white faux fur blanket. This cocooning helps me fall straight into the writing process without any distractions.
This is my day's most energetic writing window, known as the alpha stage. In this magical time, the story plot starts to move forward. I must write to capture the data.
Having a regular writing schedule keeps me moving forward in story development. I am fresh in the morning, and the words flow much easier. The doorway is open to my highly susceptible subconscious.
The darkness is silent. It absorbs and cancels out any sound, leaving my ear with a ringing silence. My inside world has its receiver open and the transmitter ready.
I work with a structured routine. I leave my project open to where I would like to start next. This way, my deadlines are easier to meet when I spend the appropriate amount of time needed for the project.
My procrastination can be squeezed out with a regular schedule that happens daily. If, for some reason, I do miss this opportunity to write first thing in the morning, I feel a sense of deprivation. If the sun has already peeked over the horizon, my need for the quiet solidarity of the morning to concentrate has already diminished.
I am disappointed to lose precious writing time, but I will start again early tomorrow. One of many reasons I start at 4:30 a.m. is because it is a rare event that calls on me at that time of day. I wake up, then write for two to three hours, depending on my day. I then exercise in the pool, run, or both.
Evenings don’t work for me at all. Throughout the day, I juggle a variety of tasks and responsibilities. My energy and concentration are spent by the end of the day.
This is My Write Time. I know everyone has their practice. I hear many writers say they do their best writing at night. I can barely stay awake past 8 p.m. No less create.
So please don’t call me after dark. I am probably already asleep, charging my battery for the next day’s transmission.