In which I embrace my night-owl nature

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’ve started writing at night. I used to write in the afternoon, and I was managing somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500 words a day. Not bad. But I wanted to aim higher.

Since I’m naturally a night person, and since I can’t fall asleep until 3 a.m. anyway, I decided to make better use of my time and try writing during those hours. Instead of, you know, binge-watching Murder, She Wrote.

So for the past couple weeks, after hubby goes to bed (he’s a morning person and a nine-to-five guy), I pull out my laptop, settle in, and get to work.

My daily word count has increased from 1,500 to 2,500. And this week I’ve been pushing 3,000 words a day. I’ve only written two days this week so far, and my word count for those two days is higher than some of my previous weekly word counts.

This is still a new experiment, but so far I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results. And, an added benefit, I’m feeling more confident (because I’m getting more words on the page) and less anxious (because those thoughts that kept me up at night are swept aside by the writing process).

Lastly, an ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Wrote 5,570 words in Goblins and Grimoires and 807 words in a new story, tentatively titled Silver Waters, a retelling of The Frog Prince. Total words so far this week: 6,377.

Reading: Finished reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. Loved it. It completely changed the way I think about my work. I wish I’d read it years ago. If you’re a fiction writer, I recommend it. During my fiction reading time, I’m still making my way through two short-story anthologies, Once Upon a Curse and The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. I’m also reading a novel, Twilight Guardians by Maggie Shayne, because I needed a longer work for some variety.

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What about you? What’s your best time to write? When are you most productive?

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11 thoughts on “In which I embrace my night-owl nature

  1. Glad you found a time to write that works for you. Me? I have yet to find a productive time of the day (as noted in my recent non-existent word counts). I never know when the muse will strike. I just write when I find the time. I’m hoping to set up some private writing workshop time this summer (such as hermiting up in my camper in the yard for some power-writing). I’ll have to figure it out.

    1. I like your camper idea. I recently stayed in my parents’ RV when I was visiting, and it’s a cozy little space. Perfect for a mini writing retreat. Good luck with your writing!

    1. Yeah, that sounds about like my current writing schedule. Hubby usually goes to bed around 10:30 p.m., and I’m writing from then until I hit the 2,500-3,000 word mark, which takes me a few hours.

      Thanks, ReGi! When it’s ready, I’ll have to take you up on that offer. 🙂

  2. It’s always best to work with your internal clock. I do most of my writing between 8am and 11am. After that real life gets in the way. I love Murder She Wrote.

    1. Ah, a morning person. My hubby is a morning person, too. Me? Not so much. So writing in the middle of the night works.

      Murder, She Wrote is fantastic. I love Cabot Cove, but I also love the various locations the show takes place in. The Ireland episodes are some of my favorites–especially “The Wind Around the Tower.”

  3. I don’t have a specific, consistent time to write. Most of the time I write during the afternoon, typing away on my iPhone. When I am able to get to my laptop. It’s usually during the evening. That’s when I feel the most productive. Through writing, I can work through the frustrations of the day. But it’s hard to get to my laptop every day, unless I have a day off and the wife encourages me to get out of the house and write. But when I do have those moments, I do the best I can with it.

    1. I’ve found having a routine helps my creativity, but I know there can definitely be challenges. If you have kids or a day job or other obligations, there’s no guarantee you can write at a certain times. You’re right. Just keep doing the best you can!

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