Is There A Right Time To Write?

By on February 25, 2021

Do you think there is a right time to write? Let's explore...

Finding your right time to write

Whether you love to write when you first open your eyes in the morning, or when everyone else is tucked up in bed, understanding when you are likely to write at your best can be so helpful. However, what a lot of writers don’t realize is that being flexible with your writing schedule is wise. There are in fact many different factors that are going to affect your ability to write well.

Check your health

Diet, exercise, how tired you are, what kind of day you’ve had and multiple external factors are going to have an impact on how you work. On one day ideas may come easily and naturally and the words may flow out of you onto the page. You might sit down the very next day hoping for the same result and find that everything feels forced and difficult. 

Here are some ways you can optimize your writing timetable so you are able to discover when the best time to write is for you.

Investigate other writers routines

Check out what some of your contemporaries do or have done in order to fit writing into their day. Some famous writers choose to get up at the crack of dawn. They work for hours, and still have the whole day for other things once they are finished. Others start by writing for an hour or so and then switch to editing to keep their mind feel active and interested. Other famous writers preferred to carve out time in the evenings where all the daily chores were out of the way.

There is no one size fits all answer. By learning about and experimenting with how other writers do it, you find a routine that really works for you. 

Consider the type of writing you do

Another thing to consider is what kind of work you are creating. Different types of writing might actually be better done at different times of the day. You might find that more academic writing or writing that requires a lot of brainpower is better undertaken earlier. This may be best achieved when your mind is clear, after a good night's rest, with a cup of coffee in hand. Editing work might be better done in the afternoon. Creative writing may feel more natural to work on in the evening when it is quieter and you are less likely to be disturbed. If you are the kind of writer who has multiple projects on the go simultaneously, this needs further consideration. It might be wise to work out which circumstances fit the type of writing you are hoping to complete. You can then build your work schedule around that. 

Take some notes

When you are first trying to shape and decide upon your schedule, make an effort to take notes when you write. Record what you wrote about, how long you spent on it, how productive you were. You can also consider your attitude to your writing overall. If you do this over time you might find that some patterns emerge which will help determine the best schedule for you. 

Remember, however, that as much flexibility as possible will help to ensure that you don’t end up missing opportunities. You never know when you might suddenly get an awesome new idea. Or perhaps just feel compelled to work on your book. So remembering that there is not necessarily a right time to write is important. Snatch opportunities whenever possible. This is what will help ensure you keep progressing and writing as much as you can.

Do you have a strict schedule for your writing? Let us know in the comments below!

Now you've considered whether there is a right time to write, let's look at some easy ways to find more writing time.

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