Best time of day for writing

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
July 25, 2007 10:40pm CST
I have just started to write in the morning, shortly after I get up. I find, that unlike the afternoon when I used to write, I can write for a longer period of time without my eyes getting tired. However, it takes longer. This morning it took almost an hour to fix two paragraphs. Now could you let me know what is the best time for you for writing, in time spent without getting tired and in the amount of work done during that period?
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@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
26 Jul 07
I love to write in the morning! I don't get as tired and I am sharper, not better but sharper, lol. I usually do most of my major responses or discussions as soon as I wake up and then I can come back throughout the day as fillers. I am naturally a morning person and by afternoon I need a nap...
@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
26 Jul 07
For me the best time to write is late at night in bed, it seems that's when I'm my most creative and thoughts flow together best. I'm also a night owl though so that may have something to do with it. I don't get tired while writing, once I can get an idea I'll write until I'm done with it. I also do that by hand though and then during the day I'll type it.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jul 07
I am not a night owl, I thought I was, but it was just being too busy to go to bed. I don't write things down, not because I have a good memory, which I have, but my writing is quite illegible. I broke my wrists, and can only write so long before it starts looking like a doctor's prescription pad. I really need a laptop so I can take it along with me or use my recorder, but then people will think I'm crazy because they'll think I am talking to myself.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
When I don't have to go to work, I find that I write best in the morning. Usually by the afternoon or evening, I have a million other things competing for my attention, and I don't get much done. When I do have to work, I unfortunately don't really have any time of day that is good for me to do my own writing. I've been trying to write more in the evening, but a lot of days I come home and just want to veg out in front of the TV.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jul 07
That's why I switched to the morning. I found that later in the day, there were too much things to do, that it never was convenient and I was writing as a hobby not for the intent of publication.
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@kataztrophy (1839)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I find that it is much easier for me to write when I am hungry. No idea why, it just is for some reason. I guess subconsciously I use it as a metaphor or something. I seem to do my best writing in that situation, so that may just be the case.
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• United States
27 Jul 07
You should read Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast." In that book, he claimed that viewing paintings in a gallery when you are hungry made them more vivid and beautiful. There must be something to that!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
That could be the reason for being able to write better in the morning before breakfast, but I doubt it is in my case, although in my novel, the hero does get invited to a banquet a couple of times, and the mention of hunger has perhaps made me think of what he had then and whether I got the ingredients and the method of preparation right. But right now he is just traveling.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
27 Jul 07
There is no one specific best time for me to write. I often will write when I first wake up, sometimes in the middle of the day, and sometimes late at night. I write whenever the mood strikes me.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
I usually leave my writing until morning, although I do wake up with an idea, but usually it is something I have mulled over in the morning. I did get part of my idea for my novel from a dream I did have, though.
@friendship (2085)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
I think my idea is flowing more easily during afternoon or night. This is the best time of day to write articles, papers, etc. Night time is usually more quite than day time. For me, it is good to think and concentrate things.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Jul 07
That is nice to know that we all do not get the ideas at the same time.
@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
26 Jul 07
I actually do my best writing and thinking at night, but then I am a night owl. I think you have to go with your own chemistry and what works best for you. Nobody can tell you when you are most alert. It's like exercise. They say it's best to do it first thing in the morning, but if I depended on that, I would never get any. Go with your own natural rhythms and peaks.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jul 07
My mind and my lack of tiredness do not coincide. My brain does not work as well in the morning, but I am more alert. I guess that is because I was born in Scotland. Part of me is on Scottish time and part of me is on Manitoban time and they do not coincide.
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@franziska (411)
• Italy
7 Aug 07
I prefer to write in the afternoon or sometimes in the evening because in the morning my brain doesn't function well. I wear glasses and my eyes get tired soon but what matters anyway is the brain!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Aug 07
I just wear glasses for small print and if the light is not that good. I find in the morning if I do not start writing, then what happens is that there is no time in the other part of the day. I sometimes get my ideas during the rest of the day, but this is the time when I am more alert.
• United States
28 Jul 07
I can only write when I am in the mood to write. When I was in college I always waited until the last minute to do my work. My best works came from this. Usually the best writing I did was in the evening hours when the kids were asleep. I could focus.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Jul 07
I am the type of person who wants things done right away and be done with it. That's part of the reason I write in the morning, so I do not have to worry about finding enough time the rest of the day. I decided that I have to make the mood and since I have this vivid --weird imagination, that is quite easy to do.
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 07
I find I get my inspiration at night times, I am more alert, more functional, even up to 2am in the morning, I'm always responding in the evening. I am not a morning person so I don't tend to do much in the mornings. I am in full flow as a night owl
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Jul 07
My inspiration comes in my dreams and during the day when I am walking, but in the evening, I tend to just rest. My brain works okay, but I tend to make more mistakes in writing, those stupid typing errors, so I prefer writing in the morning.
@tute_cute (318)
• Indonesia
27 Jul 07
usually i write in the night coz i can full consentrste to write.In spare time i also write about my story. Everyday i spend to write. I like writing and. Everytime is the best time to me for writing. I enjoy to write whenever.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Jul 07
I find the morning the best time and I wish I could spend most of the day, but I have to make some money, and there's the housework and walking. I used to write in spurts during the day, but I found I needed enough stretch at one time and the morning seemed to be best for my novel. Most of the other time I am on myLot.