Timing Is Everything; or, I Thought I Was A Night Person…

I think I’ve learned something about how I NaNo best.

Last night, after a long and fairly eventful day, I came home and parked myself in front of my computer at around 10:00 pm, with every intention of squeezing out my daily NaNo (1,667 words), or even a little more.

Two and a half hours later, after about half an hour’s worth of doing the head-bob, I finally gave it up as a bad job and accepted the fact that yesterday’s word count was going to be 722 words, and not the hoped-for 2,000.

This morning, biological need rousted me out of bed half an hour earlier than usual.  So I thought, why not try to get some catch-up in before work?

I more than caught up.  I even put a few words aside for later.  In about an hour.

And then, at lunchtime, I added another 400 words or so to the count in about 20 minutes.

Huh.  This is a change.

It’s not that I was never able to write in the morning or at lunchtime before.  But my best writing always happened after 11:00 pm, when Beloved Husband was snoring happily away in bed.  Sometimes I’d go until 2:00 or even 3:00 or 4:00 am, pounding happily away at my keyboard.

But, apparently, not this year.  This year, my writer self has turned into a morning person.  And that’s totally unfair, since the body we share is most decidedly not a morning person.  It desperately wants to stay in bed where it’s warm and cozy and cuddly.

Hmmm.  Need to figure out how to reconcile these warring priorities.

Has anyone else found that their most productive writing time has changed at some point in their life?  What caused the change, and how did you deal with it?

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About sheilamcclune

Aspiring author, sharing the tidbits I've learned along the way.
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