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Write o'clock

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Jul 11, 2016 5:26:14 AM

If you read this blog frequently, you know I'm big into self-assessment. I think examining your progress as a writer is important for you to understand yourself as an artist. In that examination, it's important, I believe, for you to study your habits, both bad and good.


For the next few weeks, you are a scientist. You are a behaviorist studying the writer part of you in your natural habitat, and you are going to throw yourself curve balls to see how you respond. Primarily, you are trying to determine the time of day you are most productive. It's a question you've probably gotten before, but you may not have known the answer because you are a busy person, and you just write when you find some free time.


As true as that is, I believe strongly that it benefits you to find the best time of day for you to write. When you find it, you will find your writing space. By that I mean, the space in your head where you feel more relaxed, more confident, and more connected to the ethereal world where fictional characters live out their fictional lives.


Test yourself. Schedule to write in the morning a few days in a row. Rate the experience. How many words did you write? What is the quality of those words? How did you feel during each writing session? How did you feel after? Switch the time of day to the evening. Go through the same evaluation.


Do this routine for a couple of weeks, switching back and forth between the time periods. Be as specific as you want to be, write for as long as you feel the creative juices flowing. If they are flowing more freely during one time period more than another, you most likely have your answer as to what time of day is your ideal time to write.


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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor

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Jul 12, 2016 2:11 AM ambertale    says:

Thank you Richard for this lovely article. If there is a speech about my phisical body, I am a pure owl - night bird. However, if there is a speech about me as an artist-writer, it can happen at any time, for example, at night when I awoke with a ready poem in my head that must be written down. If not, that's gone forever. Fantasic writing ideas are coming often when I surfe the Internet and just read my friends simple stuff. If there is a speech about me as a visual artist/painter, I can paint my pictures or draw sketches at any time. Especially now, when I make colouring books, I must tell myself:"Stop it! Take a break!"

Nov 14, 2017 8:26 AM ChefTravelsWorld    says:

So very true that all have different creative clocks and are benefited by knowing what zone we are in. Don Merry