Some of us write better at five in the morning. We need those morning pages to get us going.
Some of us write better at midnight, alone in the dark with our thoughts.
But if you work full-time, when you write best may not be the right question.
With forty hours of your week missing while you are at work, it’s important to figure out not only when you are at your best, but also when you are capable of giving time to writing.
After work there’s always whatever sport your kids are playing at the moment, and dinner, and bedtime routines, and on and on. Our lives are full.
(I’m not complaining; I love every second.)
I am saying that finding time to write is difficult, which is why discovering your “prime” writing time is so important.
For those of us who work full-time, finding “our writing time” isn’t just about what feels best. It’s also about what works for our schedules.
If I had my way, I’d write from 9 AM to 1 PM. That’s when I’m at my best and most productive, but that time is dedicated to my job because my job pays the bills. Therefore, I tend to write late at night, after my house is asleep. I have three hours from 9 PM to midnight.
That’s my “prime” writing time because that’s the only time I have.