Writers have moods. There are times when we feel like writing and there are times when we don’t. However, being a writer, it is important to write every day. But when is the best time to write? Here are some considerations when it comes to selecting the best time to write.
1) Most Productive Time
To me, the best time to write must be the time when you are at your most productive. For some of you, it could be early in the morning or late in the evening. It depends. I feel most productive early in the morning. There were times when I sat down to write early in the morning, even before the sun rises. And I could finish an article in a little under an hour. Find your most productive moments. Experiment with different times of the day to find the best time to write.
There were moments when I suddenly feel like writing. What do you do? Do you ignore them because you were busy? Or do you take the time to follow your urge? It is important to acknowledge these urges, you will find that you will have more to write during times like these. When the urge to write comes, do not ignore them. It is the best time to write.
The best time to write would be when you are at your most relaxed state. That is why there are people who visit calming places like the park, the beach or the lake, just to write. Have you ever felt that way? But even when you are not at these places, you can still write in the comforts of your home. When the children have gone to school and you have accomplished some household chores, you may feel more relaxed. It would be the best time to write when you are relaxed because that is when your ideas flow freely.
4) No Distraction
Eliminate all forms of distractions. If you find music or the TV distracting, switch them off. If you feel that the internet is your biggest distraction, switch off the internet connection so that you can concentrate on just one thing – your writing. Find out what distracts you the most and adopt ways to eliminate it, before you start writing.
5) Deadline is Near!
For freelance writers, you may find that you may be at your most productive when the deadline for your writing is looming ahead and you can’t ignore it anymore. I remembered when I was in college when I had to write essays and assignments. When you are forced to sit down and complete them, your creativity is at its best. Some of my better assignments were written just a few days before their deadlines, compared to those I had prepared weeks in advance. There are some people who can work well under pressure. What about you? If you can do that, set shorter deadlines for yourself.
Selecting the most productive time is rather tricky. You need to experiment with different times of the day, different moods, and different occasions, in order to find the best time to write your masterpieces. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, for each writer has its own “best time” to write.