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People have asked me when my best and most productive time to write is. If I had my druthers it would be late morning or after dinner. However, I find I get my best writing done very early in the morning, before my brain gets cluttered and distracted with must-dos. Including social media, much as I enjoy it, but put on the back burner until I journal. My characters wake me up, sometimes before my early-bird husband, who sets his alarm for 4:10. I tell myself not to look at the clock and admonish my brain to Hush! But it pays me no heed and goes on contemplating ideas without my being fully conscious—especially if I have a question needing an answer. For instance, a twist in a plot. Too bad I can’t write without actually getting up. I’ve tried keeping a recorder by my bed but find jotting down notes is just as easy. And I am awake anyway, my mind eager to write.

I'm ready to write before the sun rises, as long as I have coffee.

I’m ready to write before the sun rises, as long as I have coffee.

I’ve heard of authors who get their best work done late at night. More power to them! But if I want to get a good night’s sleep, I best read someone else’s book before I attempt slumber. I adore reading before bedtime, particularly something soothing.  I usually read several items at a time, fiction and non-fiction. Nothing scary or creepy, because when I wake in the night I find it on my mind. Does that happen to you?

Using my recorder to capture my elusive thoughts at Ravenna Park in Seattle..

Using my recorder to capture my elusive thoughts at Ravenna Park in Seattle.

I have written in airports, doctor’s offices and in cars when sitting in the passenger seat. If I’m on a deadline or in the mood, I will write anywhere. Whenever/wherever an idea comes to mind, I make note of it and keep it. I have a folder of titles and of character names, yet to make their appearance in a book. Post-it’s litter my messy desk with ideas and thoughts. When it comes down to it, the best time to write is when an author can. Some of my best ideas came to me while walking, so I carry a small recorder in my pocket. Same goes for reading. I never leave home without reading material, just in case …

What would I do without my laptop? Write by hand the way Linda Byler does.

What would I do without my laptop? Write by hand the way Linda Byler does.

If you are considering writing, the best time is now. Take the plunge! I admit I procrastinated writing this post. Even though I knew the theme, I dragged my feet as I often do with thank you notes and sympathy cards, which are a must. I hate running late. I’m rarely late and chuckle at myself when I am, acknowledging once again that I am far from perfect. However, I’ve never been late for a publisher’s Deadline!

I wonder what time of day you are most productive when it comes to writing, returning an email, quilting, or designing a garden. The list goes on. What’s the best time for you to start or finish a project?

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