What’s the “write” time to write?
I feel that with a busy life, it’s important to pick the prime time to write if you want to get anything done. I’m trying to figure out how to balance full time school, two part-time jobs, a 45 minutes commute to school, and everything else in life while getting my first novel out into the e-book world. Yikes! It’s not going to be easy no matter what angle you attack it from, but being strategic about when I write, has been really helpful.
The right times for me:
-Right after I run or work out. They say that running helps creativity. I would agree. My feet are pounding along this treadmill and I’m staying in the same place so I have to think of something so that I don’t go mad with boredom. Add a little epic music and the basement walls fade away and I’m left in the woods, getting chased by [fill in with villain’s name], because of [add reason] and suddenly, I realize that I can connect this story with the other story… you know how it goes! (I would really hate it if someone were to watch my face while I’m running, because I probably make all sort of faces while I’m sorting out my story!) Anywhoo, once I’m done running, I race to my computer to get it all down before I forget!
Oh, I think running actually helps stimulate your brain to, so there are probably some medical reasons as to why writing after running is good but I don’t feel like doing the research at the moment. But the point is: run then write.
-Really late at night after everyone else is asleep (and you probably should be). Some of my best stories seem to hit me right after I lay down and then I have to decide if they’re good enough for me to miss sleep over. I have this sort of feeling that while most people dream, writers sometimes start the dreaming process early so they have all these crazy ideas running through heads late at night. Which is a really good thing if you think about it:) It’s a nice way to kind of process about the day… kinda therapeutic.
-After a really embarrassing moment. Actually, writing after any “big” moment would be good so you can capture the feeling. Even if you don’t use the actual situation, you can use the emotions. I just have found that embarrassing moments are great humor scenes (for everyone else, of course)
When are your prime times to write? I would love to know because I’m going to need all the advice I can get over the next semester!