IF YOU’RE LUCKY YOU CAN WRITE ANYWHERE AND AT ANY TIME, IN CAFÉS, ON TRAINS, FIRST THING IN THE MORNING OR LAST THING AT NIGHT.
If you’re like me doing anything in the morning that requires any kind of thinking is out of the question. When I drag myself out of bed and then sit clutching my morning coffee in the living room, I’m not planning to do anything until my brain wakes up. I am never inspired in the morning.
Yet, between the hours of 11pm and 2am, I’m wide awake and full of ideas. If I put a pen and notepad near to me in the afternoon and think that I should write something today, inspiration will often strike late at night. I wonder if its more that I put the hint there in my mind. I’ve planted a seed that I’m going to write, kept the tools nearby and then was ready when I thought of something.
I once read an article that said that while the brain is engaged in other tasks, like daydreaming or watching TV, it continues to work on other things. I believe this is true. Anytime I can’t think of something to write, I leave the notebook out and do something else for a while, keeping in mind that I’m trying to think of an idea.
I don’t write down every single idea I have anymore, as I’ve learned that the ones I really think are worthwhile I’ll usually remember but I keep pen and pad near my bed so that when I’m wanting to write, late at night, the option is there.
So, I wonder if everyone has a time when they are most inspired. Some writers will write every morning and every free minute. Others will have long periods in-between writing to think and refresh. Me, I prefer every other day, I revise my novel every other day as well and try not to allow more than three days without at least blogging.
The main thing is to find the right time and the right process for yourself.
Try to keep it there in your mind that you want to write that day but find the time that is the best for you. If you prefer the solitude and quiet of the night (or late-night TV) but cannot write in public without feeling self-conscious then maybe that’s your time. If you prefer to sit in a busy café and watch the world go by, but hate writing in solitude then that’s just your preferred method.
The point is, that there is no right or wrong when it comes to writing.
Many people will try to emulate other writers processes, thinking that it will work for them because it worked for the other writer. They’ll criticize themselves for not being able to keep it going. But the aim of regular writing is to find your most natural method for you while still working hard. Some people are just slow writers (George R.R. Martin says he is one) and some people are just fast writers. Don’t punish yourself for not being able to keep pace if you’re naturally a slow writer. When you are new to creative writing you will undoubtedly want to look to other writers for advice and that’s great as you can always learn something new, no matter how long you’ve been writing for.
But remember that you have to find your own way and your own method.
And of course, there’s always the times when you may be hit by inspiration and a sudden urge to write pages and pages at once. If you are, then forget the rules and enjoy it. Those are some of the best times!
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