what’s the best time to write?

January 24, 2020

DECIDE ON YOUR BEST TIME TO WRITE

If you’re anything like me then it takes a while to get started in the morning, or afternoon, or evening. Some people love to write in the morning, some in the afternoon and some in the evening. So how do you decide on your best time to write?

I can’t answer that, but I can tell you I’ve tried writing in the morning, it doesn’t work. I’ve written in the afternoon from 12-3 or 4 pm and it’s OK. I’ve tried writing from 8 pm to midnight and ended up falling asleep around 11! Most of the time it’s just procrastination.

Do you prefer mornings or evenings to write? Do you prefer afternoons? It might be a matter of having to write in the evening if you’re working all day, or your best time might be 12-3 pm when you’re actually at work.

WHEN ARE YOU MORE ACTIVE?

The answer is that it’s not easy, but if you’re going to write then do so every day, whether it clashes with something else or not. If you’re a 12-3 pm writer, then write in your lunch break for 20 minutes.

More active between 3-6 pm? Then write when you get home from work for 15-20 minutes. If you’re that crazy 6-9 am person then write as soon as you get up.

On the weekends though is when you can choose to write at your time of day. Block everyone out and sit in your place, and write.

PROCRASTINATION

But what if you know the right time of day but then have distractions or think about other things? Now that’s procrastination.

If you find something else to do other than write, then that’s also procrastination. That’s finding something to do other than write. It means you don’t feel creative or want to be creative.

Think of it this way. Do I need to write, or do I want to write? Well, if you’re a paid writer, and you have a deadline, then you have to write whether you want to or not. If you’re writing a blog or an e-book or a novel for your own self-interest, then it can be anytime, right? Wrong.

There is never a perfect time to write. You have to WANT to write to finish a blog, a script, an e-book or a novel. Only YOU can decide that it’s what you want to do. If you always procrastinate and don’t write, then maybe you shouldn’t be a writer.

EXCUSES

Now there are other reasons you won’t want to write. You might have a family and they come first, or maybe you have a new baby. Maybe you’re feeling under the weather and need to rest. You might get a call from a friend who invites you to a spontaneous dinner party. All that is understood, but it won’t get any writing done.

OK, so what’s the best thing to do when you have to write but don’t want to write? Well, don’t write of course. But then when you don’t write you don’t get anything done. You don’t complete that essay, you don’t complete that novel, you don’t complete that e-book, you don’t complete that blog. The answer is YOU have to WANT to write.

Now, there are some things to do if you’ve started writing but don’t feel like finishing. Take a break, get a cup of tea or coffee. Make a phone call. Go to the store for an hour. Do the laundry. Once you do that though, you’re just procrastinating!

GIVE YOURSELF A DEADLINE

It’s understanding that you have to finish what you started. Give yourself a deadline. If you write every day then there won’t be much to do on the last day, or you might finish before the last day. Once you’ve finished give yourself a reward. Ice cream, go out to dinner, buy yourself something on Amazon.

Your parents probably told you all the time, If you finish your dinner you’ll get ice cream. If you don’t finish your dinner then no ice cream for dessert. If you tidy your room you can go to the party. As an adult it’s the same thing. It’s just your conscience telling yourself to do it and not your mum and dad. Don’t be a procrastinator. Remember:

MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR PROJECT

  1. Give yourself a deadline to finish.

2. Decide on the days to write.

3. Decide on the hours of the day to write.

4. Think up a reward to give yourself at the end of the project.

WHAT IF I DON’T FINISH?

What if you don’t finish by your deadline? Then don’t worry, extend the deadline for 24 hours. If you keep doing that though you’ll be procrastinating, which is what you’ve been trying not to do!

By the way, you don’t have to be a writer for this goal. The same can apply to painting the bedroom, or cleaning the oven, or changing the car oil or telling your girlfriend you love her for the first time. Either way, it’s your choice. Good luck.

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