I was once told that writers have a moment of time where they write the best. When I heard this, during my college years, I decided to find my best time to write. Now, as with any good writer, this fluctuates. I can write at 8am. I simply dislike doing so. Early morning was anathema to me, sunlight to my vampiric tendencies. These tendencies led me to a realization I’m utilizing even now, with my wisdom teeth strangely removed.
Night time was my best writing period. I knew this long ago, as something about the sun going down really helped me think and concentrate. As long as I wasn’t too tired, my diction was better, I had great syntax, everything was simply better. The hours which really saw me shoot through the stars was 10pm to 4am. There was a long weekend (every weekend’s long when you skip a few classes), and I tried these times out. During this time I went into a trance and wrote like nothing on this planet mattered. It was as if for a few hours I was possessed by my writing spirit, that my soul of poetry and pros took off into the heavens and I was sublime. At 4am, I’m not sure if that’s truly my stopping point, but exhausted I had to retire to bed.
With my teeth taken out, my time schedule is strange again. I feel I have more energy, aside from the hunger. I just don’t mind staying up much later than i had, and I’m not sleeping in that much longer. I have gotten in quite a bit of writing, though all background information. I have to say the one thing I really like about planning to write about one world numerous times is you can give a very detailed history and it won’t be for one shot. That history will see use over and over again. I’m thinking of doing a kickstarter campaign and if you pitch in enough you get not only a hardcover copy, but a bound version of the history of the world and how it works (with a few censored portions so you don’t know too much about the future of things). But I’m also an incredible geek who loves fictional histories. If GRRM ever wrote out a complete tomb for his world’s history, I would read it just to read it. I am that geek.
Well, despite this being a post about how I write better during these hours, it seems to have gotten a little away from me. What are your writing hours? How do you set the mood or make sure you are writing at top efficiency? Do you write a lot or a little on the side, which will never see the page?
With that have a peaceful night, filled with food you can chew. I so look forward to chewing again.