Choosing a daily time for novel writing

@suspenseful (40312)
Canada
March 15, 2008 7:19pm CST
I was wondering whether some of you have the same problem as I have, being able to write in the morning because no one is there to bother you and then find after a certain amount of time, you feel like going back to sleep - with me, fifty five minutes is the limit. If I start to write after lunch, I conk off after thirty minutes, and I feel in order for me to make headway and get my writing so it progresses is to write for at least an hour. Now that leaves just around three or four in the afternoon, but then there is supper time, and the evening, but then we conflict with my favorite shows, etc. I also do not want to get up at two, three, or four in the morning. So how do you handle being able to write for a long period of time, say an hour or so without conking out?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
16 Mar 08
wellI am not writting a book but I do get up around 5 am then I have about 4 hours of me time for no one else is up and I get alot done inhere and other things I do on puter. after they all get up forget it am lucky to get back in here 15 min at a time then and by the time I get in this room at night well its almost bed time!
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I get up at 4, and go to the washroom and am back in bed. Although I did turn off the computer because that green flashing light was bothering me.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
18 Mar 08
that green light might have been calling you to come write!
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
1 May 08
Trouble is sooner or later, I will want to go to sleep, and I will start nodding on the computer. I do get weird ideas at night, if I did not have such bad wrists, I would get a notepad and write on it.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
17 Mar 08
I only write when I feel inspired, and once I start I can keep going for hours. However as I still work full time I have little time to dedicate to writing.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I am inspired all the time and if it were not for other things to do, and those darn eyes of mine getting sleepy, not to mention that I have to get moving to keep me losing more weight, I would love to write on my novel more.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
18 Mar 08
I have the same problems with my eyes, but fifteen months ago I had my cataracts attended to and that has helped greatly. I think you are far busier than me, and I admire all the things you do. I read all your posts, so I guess I probably know you reasonably well. I'm sorry I can't add informative advice on so many as their out of my knowledge range. Good luck.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
5 May 08
I really think I'm lucky being a morning person.
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@winterose (39895)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
okay I have written two books, the second a novel, although goals are important they must be practical, if you find you cannot write for 1hr then you cannot write for an hour, writing a novel is not a race, you goal is to put out quality not quantity. some people write several hours and it doesn't bother them, some only find the time once a week to do it. Just keep at it and you will get there.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I always wondered about those who could write for three or more hours at a time sitting down. They must have an extremely fast metabolism.
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@winterose (39895)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
they really love it they are really good at it and they feel better doing it, we all have to know our limitations, sometimes things get rough if in writing you have a deadline then you have no choice, you have to get the work done, I have seen myself sitting here at the computer sick as a dog with tears coming out of my eyes because I had to beat a deadline, but if there is no deadline I am not killing myself, my writing is for my income but also for my enjoyment. thank you for best response.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
5 May 08
I write non-fiction, mostly commercial stuff but I know what you mean about getting drowsy! I usually like writing at night when I have all my chores done and there's some good stuff on the radio. I don't do so well in the morning, it takes me awhile to really wake up and feel alive. I try to get up and move around every half hour or so. Sometimes I can almost feel my bottom getting fatter, I spend so much time writing!
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
23 May 08
I have not figured a good writing time for me. If I write in the morning, well I can only write so long because I have to get on mylotting. Then when I do my novel, I do the new revisions and in the evening, I will fix that up. I find that I am better writing a specific action, such as the novel I am doing now, there is going to be a major fight between two of the characters, and yesterday I wrote about the challenger arriving, today I am writing about the preparation before the fight, and tomorrow I will write about the fight itself. I could do more, but with my singing, housework, myLotting, and the fact that I cannot sit for that long, I cannot spend a whole two hours a day.
• Indonesia
24 Mar 08
actually, I wrote sometimes back then and still write for some serious topic for my blogs. honestly I have similar difficulties in writing and getting awake in the morning. back then I had a translating job (from English to my native language) and it was quite frustrating too because I found out that to do the serious translation sometimes I just couldn't let any disturbance coming. and really found that early morning was the best time when I found nobody or nothing disturb my attention and focus. the latest time would be five o'clock in the morning, and I would only have one hour to do the writing / translating job before everybody woke up. however, it was just hard to fulfill my 'commitment' to wake up early in the morning. few times I made it, but mostly I fell into sleeping state again. most of times when I finally gave up, I started to write at night, when it was around 10, and continued until midnight hours, and I believe, it also contributed to my late waking up at the next morning. however, when the deadline was just approaching, I finally decided to sacrifice my favorite TV shows in order to finish my translation and my writing job. I think there will always be any price I have to pay, either by being consistent in something that worked for me. so, finally, I skipped my TV watching and got my job done. after all, I'm always lost against waking up early in the morning, so the TV shows were what I had to pay back with. I was kinda giving a penalty towards myself. if the morning had been too tempting to get back to sleep, then I had to sacrifice my favorite TV shows, but when even TV shows were too tempting, I had to give up my earlier sleeping time. I must admit I'm kinda disorganized person. :( anyway, I hope you will be able to solve your writing time troubles. so, good luck for you. ;)
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
1 May 08
I still have not solved it. I started in the am, but that meant I could not do any myLotting and so I am leaving my writing time for my novel until four or so and then do a stint then and a stint in the evening. I do find my brain works better than, but I cannot keep on the computer as long as I would in the morning. With myLot it is different, because I am not writing that long, but in my novel, I have to revise and go over a few paragraphs at a time, to have two or three characters have a discussion and make it relevant to the plot. So I not only need some time, at least 20 to 30 minutes, but also so that it makes sense. I still love my Tv shows, so I work around them and I can get quite a bit done in those two minute commercial breaks. And I do write after ten.
@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Mar 08
im not a writer but if i like to do some crocheting..i do it after dinner maybe one to two hours the most..
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
27 May 08
I have not found a real good time. Last week I decided to do it before myLotting but that meant I neglected reading my mail and I tried revising it latter on during the day, but that meant that sometimes I was unable to do that. This week, I will try doing it after I read my email. Maybe sometime in the future, I will find the correct time when the ideas strike me, I am at my computer and there is nothing else more important to do at the moment.
@elemental69 (1562)
• Ireland
16 Mar 08
Day times are very hard for me to write. Especially with four kids running around the house. I find the best time for me is when they are in bed at night and then I am free to write for as long as I want, usually about two or three hours depending on how I feel. :-)
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I am trying to increase my writing time. I am lucky I can do one hour.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
16 Mar 08
I know you probably are not talking about mylot, but this came to mind when I read this...Between 9 and 11, my daughter is just getting up and has to stand on top of me and talk and talk sometimes..Which is why I can't respond as quickly as I could if she wasn't there..But it is time I should spend with her, but when I am on a roll, it can get frustrating..
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I usually do not start myLot until after ten, and tomorrow I am going out, Wednesday we are going shopping, so if I really want some novel writing done, it has to be as soon as I get up, because I cannot find time during the rest of the day, that is time to have a large block of time, not have five or ten minutes a piece. The trouble is in the afternoon,I get that afternoon nap call and I have to fight between mylotting and novel writing. Maybe I should drink more coffee.
@ElicBxn (61148)
• United States
16 Mar 08
I would go for that 55 minute slot in the morning and then see if you can slot in more time during the day. Don't set yourself up to fail by expecting that you have to have "X" amount of time or you can't do it. I've known several professional writers that instead of time, have pages they expect to write, even if they throw them all away in the end. I think that sitting down at your story even 30 minutes once a day is better than not doing it because you expect you need more time and won't do it with less.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
I was able to do 59 minutes this morning, and by the time it was over, I felt like there was some guy in the computer monitor saying, "You are getting sleepy very sleepy," and all I did was to go over the chapter, fix some of the words and sentences and I did not even finish it yet. One hour is much too short. Now what Tv program shall I go without? I certainly am not going to shorten my mylot writing.