Are you an early bird or night owl writer?

I’m at my best when I wake up in the morning, the world seems full of possibilities and I’m all nice and rested and ready to face them. Ink, on the other hand, is not a morning person. He’s a definite night owl and, on occasion, is still up when I wake up early in the morning. But this isn’t (only) a post about how annoying it can be to date someone who functions of the opposite sleep pattern to yourself, I really do want to talk about the time of day that you function best at.

Personally, I think my peak hours are before lunch. When I first open my eyes, my mind feels blank – in a good way. This feeling of blankness and freshness means that I’m able to quickly apply myself to tasks and get down to work. When I’m at home, this can be my best writing time and there have been plenty of mornings that have seen me grabbing the laptop and getting down to it before even getting out of bed.

Once it hits the afternoon however, I start to slow down. I get distracted by everything, the feeling of undirected hope and exhilaration that started the day has dissipated and I’m left feeling fidgety and doubtful. For Ink, it’s almost the exact opposite. He wakes up too fuzzy to concentrate, but his mind sharpens throughout the day until it hits his peak time – generally in the evening.

We joke that if we ever have a big collaborative project we’ll be totally sorted for 24 hour shifts. However, it’s actually quite handy for getting time to work when the other person isn’t around – fewer chances of distraction. What are your working habits? Do write better in the morning, evening or at no particular time? Do you have the same situation as me? Or have you found a partner who is in sync?

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4 responses to “Are you an early bird or night owl writer?

  1. Afternoons are best for me. I can’t go straight to the computer when I wake up – otherwise I’m fuzzy-headed and dopey for the day. Have to do housework or something to wake up my brain. 🙂

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  2. I used to be a morning person. I would spring out of bed, eager to meet the new day and all it might hold. Lately, for some unaccountable reason, I’ve become a night owl. So too, it seems, has my muse! This is a bit of a problem for me, because my house is quiet during the day time. I could write endlessly. If only I…could! I can edit, that’s great. But creativity has become a creature of the night. Now I find myself awake at midnight annoying the heck out of hubby with my (super-quiet) keystrokes!

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    • that’s interesting, I do also wonder how much my habits would change if I wasn’t at the day job most days.

      maybe you need some nice silk gloves or something, to keep that key-tapping to even more of a minimum 😉

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