Monday, May 24, 2010

Morning Clarity


Second:  That LOST finale was spectacular.  It just goes to show you that all the best stories are about characters.  The island was always just a giant MacGuffin.  The satisfying part of the finale wasn't learning anything about the island, it was seeing the characters evolve and then seeing that they were rewarded after death.  That their sacrifices were worth it.  As much as I'm going to miss that show, I'm damn glad it's over.

I can write at any time of the day, but I do my best writing in the morning.  I've never been a morning person.  When I wake up, I'm like an open wound.  I don't want to be spoken to or touched or even glanced at.  I'm fragile.  Something as simple as spilling coffee can begin a chain of events that leads to my having a bad day.  If I can get through the first couple of hours, then I'm good.

So why is it that my most fragile time, is also my most creatively fertile?  I still don't know.  I sit down in my chair, turn on some music, and write.  I always have a trusty cup of coffee.  My concentration during that time is astounding.  I bang out anywhere from 1000 to 2000 words an hour.  But then, around the 2 hours mark, my attention begins to wander.  I wonder about bills and my dog and what I'm going to have for lunch.  My word count drops.  I can't sit in my seat for more than a ten minute stretch.  It's odd.

I'm curious:  When is your best writing time?  How do you keep your attention focused when it starts to wander?

Happy Monday!


  1. When I began writing, Dave was out-of-state. My whole waking schedule shifted because I found my best writing time was 10pm - 2am.

    I've devoted early morning to exercise now, so it's out for writing. I write from about 2:30 to 5pm now; at that time of day, all other obligations are finished for the day, so I can focus.

  2. I write when my sitter is here and when my son is in school. So no best time, just more like "must produce time." I have also been trying to write a little after I put him down but that's been harder and as far as going back to work after I'm distracted, uh I'll let you know when I'm done checking out your blog. At least I'm procrastinating with something useful! :-)


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