Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: When Do You Write?

It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.

This week's question: 

What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early Worm? Night Owl ? Any five seconds you can grab?

I feel like there's really only a five or six hour window during the day when I am actually alert and functioning. I usually try to write during that time, but it doesn't always work out.

I'm SO not a morning person. And this coming school year, my first class will begin at 7:30am. Yes, that means teenagers in my face at 7:30. That means coffee and shower and commute all take place even earlier than that.

This coming year is going to be a real treat.

Then, because I'm so not a morning person, but I'm forced to be up and functional much earlier than I would like to be, I generally crash out pretty early at night. If I'm not snuggled up in bed by 11pm, I'm pretty useless for, oh, the rest of the week.

So, I have this time between 5-ish and 11 where I do my writing (along with everything else). I don't know if it's my ideal time to get my writing done, but it's pretty much my only time to get my writing done, so I make it work.

When do you write?


  1. Lately, it's been whenever I feel like it. I want to get back into a set routine of writing but I haven't been able to.

  2. Hi Jessica! When I taught high school English, my answer to this question would have been "summer." I didn't have ANY time to write during the school year, so kudos to you when you squeeze in your fiction bliss. Good luck waking up early. My high school started at 7:45 AM, and I loved it. (heh heh)

  3. Ideally, I am a morning person--my head is emptiest then, so it's easier to concentrate. Most people at my workplace don't start until mid-morning, so if I get up bright and early, there's my time. But I also live with someone who works late, gets home late, and wants to stay up late, so it doesn't always work out as well as I would like it to.

  4. Yee-up, I completely know what you mean. That's around the time when I have to write, too--and I'm totally out by eleven. By then, my eyelids are too heavy to keep open and I wake up in the morning to a document of nonsense.

  5. I'm a morning person; I'm miserable and useless at night. :)

    My teaching schedule's strange: 9-1, 4-9, so I write in between 1-4 during the week, and as much as I can on weekends. I also write daily; that's not negotiable. :)

  6. I know you already know this, but most of those teenagers are half-asleep at that time too. Gosh, I love them. I actually am really excited about seeing mine in two weeks.

    As for me, I'm the total opposite. I'm not asleep until eleven, but I can't write at night. So I get up early. I don't know. I just feel more ON then.

  7. I'm like you. I need sleep and I'm not an early morning person! I get most of my writing done after work during the week and on weekends. I also sneak in writing during my work lunch break and sometimes during my commute (via subway) to work.

  8. I'm so not a morning person. (I'm probably going into the wrong career for that, come to think of it.) But I mostly just write whenever I have time. Which isn't very often.

  9. Teenagers at 7:30... eek.

    I'm more of a morning writer, but that has a lot to do with the fact that I'm not getting up to work a traditional full-time job. If I was, I'm not sure I'd have any energy left to write at all, so I think your doing extraordinarily!

  10. No one should have to be functioning at 7:30, especially not with live human teens. I'm so terrible at getting up in the morning it's actually pathetic. I do my best writing late, late at night. For some reason I'm nothing but tired at 10 am but wide awake and almost hyper at 2 am.