Time of Day and Creativity: When Do You Write?

Is it the crack of down when you spring from your bed, grab a mug of hot coffee, and then plop down in front of your laptop/netbook/iPad/typewriter, your fingers absolutely itching in anticipation of the writing opportunities afforded by this glorious new day?

Or maybe you sleep in until 10 or 11, struggle to untangle yourself from your covers, yawn as you rummage through the kitchen cupboards for something to eat, and then seat yourself in front of your writing tool of choice, squinting with only one eye open at the blank page before you. 

Obviously these are only a couple of “get up and get to work” scenarios–just an example of what it might look like to be a “morning person” in the writing profession, as opposed to someone like me, who would rather wait until evening to get the creative juices flowing.

But this brings me to the question: what time of day would you write, if life was perfect and your work schedule was at your mercy?

And, when you’re forced to work at a less-than-optimal time of day, how do you think that affects your creativity?

Feel free to share your personal experiences and opinions in the comments section, and stay tuned for my next research post: a look at the psychology of circadian rhythms and creativity.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. 12twentyseven
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 18:34:43

    I’ve recently started to write again. I loved English when I was in Highschool but that slowly faded… I’ve felt the urge to write about a year ago but I struggled to bring my thoughts into words as it had been a while. So what I do is, when I’m most tired after all the errands and work, I just write about whatever at night. That was the key for me. I didn’t have to think much about what to write because I’d be tired. It was just my fingers typing away and my feelings. Later through the week on my off days or lazy days, I’ll revise and put my writings together…
    I also try to bring a little journal to write any ideas I might come upon, and if I dont have it with me, iIll try to find something I can write on and save it in my purse haha.

    When do you do most of your writing?


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