In a recent post, I wrote about writers’ schedules, how and when they do their best writing. Some of us do our best work in the mornings, while others are at their best in the evenings. Several bestselling authors have said they get up very early–four or five in the morning–and have their writing done by noon. I wouldn’t even be conscious at four in the morning, let alone creative.
I am a somewhat early riser, usually up by six or seven. My left brain’s awake by then, getting organized, figuring out what has to be done that day–but my somewhat temperamental right brain needs time to prepare for the creative process. From waking until about one in the afternoon, the left brain’s in charge…but when the diva on the right takes over, she’s a real b**** when she’s interrupted! If I have an appointment in the afternoon, I get no writing done that day. All business, housework and shopping has to be out of the way before I sit down to write. If that’s not diva behavior, I don’t know what is!
Earlier, I was telling a friend about three authors who used to get together for lunch on a regular basis. One was quite punctual, one compulsively early, and the third habitually late. If they were having lunch at noon, Ms. Punctuality would tell Ms. Early Bird to arrive at 12:30 and Ms. Tardy to show up at 11:30. As a result, everyone got to the restaurant at noon.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you show up early for appointments and social gatherings, or are you always keeping others waiting? When are you at your best creatively?
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