It’s considered conventional wisdom that a writer should have a set time of day to work everyday. I’d love to tell you that I was consistent with that, but weekends I either do a long run or sleep in. But during the week, it’s usually between 6 and 7. That’s the easiest for me. It’s first thing in the morning, before work, and coming off of sleep. The brain is fresh.
It wasn’t always like that. Years ago, I would write at night. I would come home zonked but too wired to sleep. I worked nights a lot, do middle of the night was awesome for writing. I once came home from a long shift and sat at the keyboard typing with my eyes closed.
A friend of mine is a stay-at-home mom. She gets the kids off to school, does housework in the morning, and has the afternoon to work. It’d be nice to be able to do that. I used to be able to get in about 1000-2000 words a day. Now, unless I dictate, it’s about 500. Some of this is getting pulled in multiple directions. But some of this is having to get out the door on time for work.
There’s something to be said for having a regular time to write. Anymore, I can’t just write at anytime anymore. It’s probably because my life is busier. I do write at lunchtime one day a week, but aside from that, it’s after I stretch or workout, depending on the day of the week. But that regular time is a signal to the brain that it’s time to make stuff up.
And for me, the best time is when I come right off of dreaming.