Wednesday, August 10, 2011

RTW: The Write Time

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic

This week's topic: What time do you prefer to do your writing?

Every morning I awake before seven to the sounds of birds and sunlight streaming through my windows. I waltz downstairs, make a vanilla latte, heat up one of the scrumptious muffins that I baked from scratch the night before, and retire to my writing loft for four or five hours of steady work. 

I wish. 

I do usually wake up to (irritatingly cheery) birdsong and sunlight around seven, but I always manage to slip back into sleep for another hour or two before I can motivate myself out of bed. My internal clock has decided that 8:30 is the perfect time to wake up, and since that’s much earlier than it used to be, I don’t argue. But somehow various tasks and distractions fill up most of my morning and I don’t get down to writing until around 11am. Sometimes not until 11pm, which is a problem since I am slowly losing my night owl powers and my focus is never quite as good then. Morning has definitely become my preferred writing time, whether I actually use it well or not.

(Oh, and to my husband’s great disappointment, I don't bake regularly, so that latte usually accompanies a few handfuls of dry granola.)

I used to think that when I didn’t have to teach every weekday I would spring out of bed early every morning ready to write or run or do something else satisfyingly productive. Not so much, sadly. I get things done, but when I compare my accomplishments to the time I had available I’m rarely impressed, especially when I remember everything I managed to do as a frenzied student. Just as my stuff always seems to accumulate to fill the size of my home, my procrastination seems to expand to fill the time that I have. 

I’m trying to get better though, especially since I doubt I’ll ever have this much free time in my life ever again. Soon I’ll (hopefully?) be back to the teaching and/or tutoring grind, and in a few years there could be children in the mix, which I hear take a lot of time and energy or something. 

Fortunately I’m writing this entry on a fairly good day: it’s not even noon yet here and I’ve already gotten almost three hours of writing in, plus this blog post, so there is hope.  

When do you like (or have) to write?


  1. You've had a very productive day! Three hours of writing AND a blog post before noon? I'm lucky if I get that much done in a full day!

    And you don't bake fresh breakfast pastries for your husband every morning? What is WRONG with you? ;)

  2. I can totally relate to this--except not the part where you were productive today. I was super-unproductive today. BUT, I agree that without a set schedule, making yourself sit down and get things done can be really lame and hard. It shouldn't be, but it is.

  3. Bahaha, "night owl powers" is awesome. I also really like your 'perfect writing scenario'...isn't that what we all want? A writing loft?

    I know what you mean, though. I feel like every day I don't have to work, I'm just going to spend the whole day happily chugging away on my computer, writing thousands upon thousands of words. Never. Happens.

  4. Wow! I'm impressed with your productivity!

    I know the teaching grind all too well. I start back next week. And with it comes a new routine.

  5. Don't worry folks - I'm pretty sure I've used up my productivity allotment for the week. Possibly for the month.

    And Francesca, I actually DO have a writing loft of sorts in my new place, which makes me feel extra guilty if I don't use it.

    Still no baked goods though. (I KNOW Katy, I know.)

  6. Of course, in my dream scenario my loft would be large enough for me to stand up in or fit any furniture other than pillows, but one step at a time.

  7. I'd like to live in that fantasy world you described first, especially since I have a hard enough time getting up at 10, never mind the crack of dawn. Naturally the muffins would be calorie- and fat-free in that little world.

  8. Naturally. Someone told me the other day that food doesn't have calories unless you eat it on a plate, so I'm just going to go with that from now on.