Can any time be a good time to write? Many of us don’t think so. We believe we need certain conditions or circumstances to be able to write.
The truth is that we all have a time of day or particular set of circumstances that we prefer when we want to write. That time, for us, is like gold; it is when everything feels easy because we feel motivated, energised and positive.
But what happens when we can’t utilise that time of day or find those specific circumstances to write but we still need to write our book? How can we make every time a good time to write?
Make a good time to write
I believe that when you get into a rhythm with writing that you can write whenever you want to. It’s about recreating the same conditions of your best writing time at any time. It isn’t always about the time of day; often it’s about necessity or understanding your own writing habits.
For example, although I prefer to write in the evening, and often do, I can also write first thing in the morning when I need to if there some urgency. Urgency is a great stimulant for many of us to write, but if that urgency isn’t there, you need to find a way to recreate it.
Perhaps you do not respond well to urgency, and need time to write. If that is the case, you may need to set aside a longer period of time so you can think and write. Rather than leaving your writing to the last hour of the day, you will need to make sure you have two or three hours free.
Sometimes having the right environment can stimulate us to write more freely. Do you prefer a room that is full of light and space or the studious gloom of your desk at night with a reading light? Do you prefer to have music or the TV on or silence?
Is your approach to do all your writing in one go or do you prefer shorter periods of time to work on your book? For some of us, half an hour will be long enough and for others, only a longer period of an hour or more will feel worthwhile.
Learn to create your best writing time at any time
I believe that if we write enough we can find a place in ourselves that is our writing time. We may still have a preference for a time of day, a room and an approach that we know makes writing especially easy. However, the more we write the easier it is to find our best writing time at any time because we can slip into a state of mind and not have to wait for the muse to descend or for the right time of day.
Get used to writing at all times of day and in as many different situations as you can, because then you can break the connection to any particular conditions and learn how to be productive whenever we need to. This may sound difficult, but if you commit to writing every day, even if it is only for 10 minutes, you will start to become a writer, and once you have done this, any time will become a good time to write.
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