Nighttime or Daytime?

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Do you tend to do your best work at a certain time of the day?  Lately for me, I find the work I do at night is the stuff that sticks. There is something about the quiet that settles over my house at night. Dogs curl up near the fire, kids all nestled in (or at least playing near) their beds. Tea seems to stay warmer longer. Things flow.

During the day lately, I find myself holing up in my office to write only to be distracted by a million other things and then frustrated by my lack of quality progress. I can get through an edit or write a few hundred words but I usually come back to it again at night and do it again. 

Night writing, which seems to produce better stuff, has started to become a challenge. I am reverting back to my old night owl habits which no longer fit when the days are full of kids and family and work and life around here.

And so tomorrow begins my journey back into writing by day. I figure with the Super Bowl I am not likely to be distracted by the phone. So its just a matter of avoiding the in-house interruptions. (Are you watching the game, btw? I get strange looks here in football country when I reveal my lack of football interest.)

Perhaps if I got dressed and walked past the family with my bag and my keys, waved goodbye to the cherubs and kissed hubby and then walked around the house and then–with stealth–climbed in my office window and locked the door (!) I would be able to hide and write all day.

I’m curious if you have scheduled writing time, or write all the time but find that night or day works better for you.  Pray tell.


In case you’ve not seen the video whence the above image comes, enjoy:

Oh, and before I forget… I watched THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES last night with hubs. It was good.  Dark, sad, tense, and good. Helped that the main character had eyes that brought on *instant* smolder. Worth adding to the Netflix queue.

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  1. I’m with you, there. I got used to writing at night years ago when the children were young and it was the only time I had. I loved the blissful atmosphere of my night-time desk cocoon, with soft music and an arcing desk-lamp focussed on my work. It’s still my preferred time to write.

    However, being empty-nesters now and with time available to write during the day, it feels as though I’m excluding OH when I’ve written at night, e.g. during NaNoWriMo.

    Two evenings a week is probably about right for us both and doesn’t seem too exclusive. However, I’m training myself to love working during the day though I’m with you that being ‘in the zone’ doesn’t feel the same in daylight.

    Perhaps during the day we need to close the curtains, switch the phone off, flick on the lamp, play soothing music and that could help us set the scene. I will if you will.

  2. Fortunately, I am surprisingly good at tuning things out. :)

    Truthfully, I don’t have a particularly best time of day. However, I do have a worst. As a morning person, I find my desire and ability to write dropping off sharply once the sun goes down. I try to avoid late night writing, other than notes, because ultimately it winds up being unproductive to me.

  3. I think I do better work in the morning, with a few cups coffee under my belt but my stooooopid job prevents morning writing so I’ve learned to write in the evening. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

  4. I’m a morning person whose mind and body shuts down by 8pm. So, I definitely do my best writing during the early part of the day. I’m so fortunate that my husband is the sole bread-winner in our family, so when the kids are on the bus my writing day begins. By 3pm when they get home, I hang my writer’s hat and put on the mommy/wife ones.

    Definitely watching the big game today. Super Bowl is a huge event in our house!

  5. I’m not sure when I write best. Often I write in the morning, but I have written at night too. The only bad thing about night writing is it wakes me up when I really need to get to bed for work the next morning. But I’m not sure which is best.

  6. I am a night time writer myself. However my days off are usually writing days from 8 till midnight sometimes more, but I am blessed or not, of no family of my own to look after. My nest is a perfect quiet haven.

  7. Rebecca, I have tried to get myself moving that early in the morning, but it just doesn’t work for me. At my house we set the alarm for 730am and get all four off to school and in the car by 830. We’ve got it down to a science and will do anything to sleep an extra few minutes!!

    Tessa – OMG Yes! It is all about mood lighting and ambiance. I wonder if I should invest in hotel-grade room darkening curtains to replicate the night writing room. ha!

    Rick – I wish I could tune things out. I am blessed with an actual office in which to write, but it has glass doors and is right where all the action is. Hubby and I used to share this space, but I had him move to the basement. I think he got the better end there, lol.

    Cathy – I work from home part-time, so my job takes over right where I write sometimes. I would write more in the day, but as you say… gotta do what you gotta do.

    mshatch – YES! Here I sit on Sunday at 929am, having just woken up. *yawns*

    Nicole – I am in the same boat as you. Kids get home and mom is back. Enjoy the game today!

    Cherie – Same here. When I get in the zone too late at night, it ruins me for the next day. A horrible cycle and a hard one to break.

    THank you for stopping by guys! So interesting to hear what everyone does.

  8. Cordelia – Oh, I would love to have that time! I might get some today, though!

    Last June I attended a week-long workshop at the Mailer Center in Cape Cod and I was all alone for that time, attending workshop class during the day and the rest of the time was spent writing. One night by candlelight when we lost power. I stayed alone in the tiniest micro-house and just loved every minute of it. Those cherubs are a blessing, but so is solitude. :)

  9. I’ve always been a night owl, too. I write best between the hours of 10:30 and 3…(not that I would know, of course. *ahem*) I’m forced to stick to evenings, though, since school consumes my entire day and sleep supposedly takes up a good chunk of my nighttime…

  10. Poor Riv! I feel your pain. It stinks to know your sweet spot must be avoided. Life gets in the way.

    Golden Eagle – Let’s hang out and not watch football together. :I

  11. I actually do keep a daily writing schedule. At 12:30 pm, while on my lunch break at work, I do a 15 minute writing session. At night, I try to write from 9:30 to 11:00 pm on Mondays to Thursdays. These are the most realistic times now for me.

    I find that if I don’t write to schedule, I feel a bit out of sorts for the rest of the day. How I wish I could actually write during the day, all day.

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