[process] The write time of day

An interesting (to me) observation from my experiences working on Tourbillon. Some days I write in the afternoon and evening, schedule permitting. Some days I write very early, as I did today — got up at three, exercised, showered, and was at the keyboard from 4:00 to 5:30.

When I write early, the throughput is a lot slower than when I write late. The typos are more prevalent. But the story doesn’t seem to suffer. In fact, it may have improved slightly.

I believe I shall attempt an experiment some time in November, once this book is drafted. I’m going to try writing a short story (or more likely a novella, I owe a few of those around) by only writing very early. I want to see how different it might be when I am closer to the dreaming time and not so filled with the work of my day.

Do you write on a regular schedule? Or does it shift around for you? How does that affect your output? What is your write time of the day?

2 thoughts on “[process] The write time of day

  1. I was pleased that you posted on this subject, because I’m trying to “schedule” my creative process, if possible. Probably not, maybe… Anyway, I seem to be more productive and in form during the day, when the kiddies are at school. When I write at night, or after waking up in the middle of night, it’s productive, but a struggle, and when I read it the next day, I don’t even remember writing some of the poop on the page.

  2. tetar says:

    For me, it’s more brain chemistry than time of day.

    Also, if the voices come, I write ’em down, and there’s no predicting when that’ll happen.

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