Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Hi again all you insecure writers.  {{Waves}}
 
June was a good month for me.  I spent my time preparing for Camp Nano and the preparation is paying off.  At least I've hit the ground with my wheels spinning.
 
I realize it is only day three but I had something very strange happen to me.  I can't write in the mornings.  I've always been a morning writer.  Since camp started I get up to write and nothing. The crickets are chirping in time to my blinking cursor on the blank page.  If I get 200 words it's a good morning.  However, once I get home from work the words flow. 
 
It will be interesting to see if the trend continues.  Perhaps it's all the pondering in the morning that leads to great word count in the afternoon.
 
How 'bout you?  Is there a particular time of day when you do your best writing?
 

 

27 comments:

  1. That's great the preparation is paying off, even if the writing schedule is different.

    I tend to write better in mornings too, but lately I've been writing more around noon or a bit after. But that's just because I've had so much to do in the mornings.

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    1. I always worried that writing in the evenings would ruin me for sleep. So far it hasn't, though I'm having stranger dreams.

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  2. Good luck with the rest of Camp. You got to write when the mind let's you. There is no rhyme or reason to it most of the time.

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    1. I've read where a writer HAD to write in a coffee shop. Didn't get inspiration at any other location. mmmmm coffee.

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  3. I tend to write better in the morning, but I try to switch up the routine now and then. Glad Camp is going well for you so far! :)

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    1. Camp is good. Last Nano (November) I'd sprint every evening when I got home. Maybe that's where my Muse got the idea.

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  4. I always worked best in the middle of the night as I worked night shift for over 20 yrs.. My schedule is still messed up because of that, so I am up late, and sleep late, so I guess I write in "my" morning- which is afternoon, after I am showered & ready to start day! But it is not a given-- sometimes I have to keep paper & pen by the bed when creativity visits at the old usual time of darktime.

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    1. My Muse likes to give me ideas in the shower, by the time I'm dried off and write it down it isn't as brilliant as I thought it was.

      Note to self. Sharpie for the shower.

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  5. I write best around 7pm - which is usually very inconvenient! I try to write before work in the mornings - but my brain often isn't engaged! My very best time is probably around 11am - but as I'm at work I don't very often get to test it out! Nice to 'meet' you - new follower :-)

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    1. I am a total morning person. I can go to bed as early as...wait for it....7:00 pm though 8:00 is my usual.

      Nice to meet you too.

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  6. I hope you can get back to your much loved morning writing schedule. I personally write better in the evenings. I don't know why, I just feel more relaxed and at peace at night. I am not a morning person at all, so writing early in the morning is rather tough. Best of luck with Camp Nano

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    1. I love getting up early, walking Chester, making coffee and then writing. For me 4:00 am is my peaceful time.

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  7. Like all writers, my ideas flow when i'm away from a computer or pen- driving in the car, whilst sleeping (most of my really ambitious ideas come to me in dreams), in the middle of a form at karate. Sometimes, I get to a computer or pen and spew forth a stream of stuff- some plot outline, some sentence freagments that will ultimately be revised and included in the piece, some instructions to myself on what the piece needs to feel like. Other times, I don't get the idea down and it sort-of fades around the edges so that by the the time I go to write it it's vague and unhelpful.
    Every time I've done NaNo my inspiration has ebbed and flowed. Some days I'd barely manage to choke a 1000 labored words, other days I'd pass 5k without even noticing. And the hours vary just as much- first thing in the morning, right before bed, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. I haven't noticed any consistency.

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    1. Nano is good for me once I put the editor to bed. I know I have to perform and I do. This time I wanted a bit more structure to it and perhaps that's my problem.

      The editor is hanging half in and half out by night time I have not choice but to make word count and so I do.

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  8. I like mornings....early and late evenings. That seems to be at those times thoughts are clear. I hope you will get back your mornings! Those are precious!

    sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks - I hope I do too. Or two a days wouldn't be bad either. If I had to choose I'd prefer mornings, there is something about going into the day with your third eye opened that makes everything more pleasant.

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  9. I've always done my most prolific writing right after work, weirdly. I think that I'm still in "work mode" and just keep rocking. I'm not sure it's my best work, but I can pump out the words in the early evening for sure. Good luck with Camp Nanowrimo.

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    1. That's interesting. When I've sprinted right after work it worked because I knew I had too. Otherwise it is butt on couch time for me.

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  10. If I have a choice I tend to work best in the mornings. Evenings my brain is starting to switch off after having been in a classroom most of the day!

    Glad camp nano is going well even if it is at a different time of day.

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  11. Fantastic! Good for you. I write best whenever I get a quiet moment. I prefer the day, but usually I get nights.

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  12. Hello, Jai!

    Crazy how that happens! I wish I could become one of those writers who can write anytime they try, like a circus person, performing on cue. That would rock! :)

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    1. ahahaa that would be awesome.

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  13. That's interesting. I wonder what caused the change. I've never been a morning writer. Words don't happen until after noon.

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    1. It's been a strange camp for me.

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  14. I don't have a time of day I write better than others, at least, not that I've caught onto yet. It's entirely possible there IS one, I just don't know it.

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  15. I write my best in the mornings.

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  16. Hi Jai! I know you are writing away at camp Nano, but I have an award on my blog for you.

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