Is there an ideal time of day for writing and getting the best results?
Writers are always being advised about when the best time is to write, be that first thing in the morning, carrying a note book around and writing whenever the mood takes or having set of hours to fit in with the rest of our lives. And, let's face it, we do have lives, busy ones, that can really get in the way of our writing.
But so many writers have successfully written works of art while holding down a full time job or two and or having a family to raise.
It's not to say that I don't get down to my writing but, when I do, I often get distracted and the writing session doesn't seem to flow, especially if ideas aren't coming easily. I get restless and start wondering if so and so returned my email; asking myself if I spent enough time on social media; what should I cook for dinner; will I ever hear back from that publisher, and so on.
I've tried various methods to try to improve my productivity. For a while I used the Pomodoro method. It worked well but it didn't stop me checking emails during the 'break' period.
I know a lot of you will say that it all comes down to will power, how passionate you are about what you're writing and how seriously you take it. If you know me, you'll know how seriously I take my writing but I seem to be seriously running out of steam.
So what is the best time for me to write and be at my most creative and productive?
THE ANSWER: No surprises when I say it varies from person to person, right? And that's exactly what I had to get my head around after several painstaking hours of mental torment, anguish, panic and checking of emails. I have decided to log all my writing sessions. I'll look at how long I spent writing, how happy I was with the results and how many times I got distracted. I will also log, where I was when I was writing and how I felt, emotionally.
After a period of time I will look at my log and try to determine whether or not there is an optimum time for me to write or, if I'm just one of these people who has to go with the flow and write until I become distracted and want to do something else.
But most of all - I'm not going to panic anymore. I sat and wrote this without becoming distracted once.