Monday, July 2, 2018

A Time for Everything

This morning, Elizabeth Spann Craig had an interesting post on her blog on balancing business and writing.  As always, she makes some interesting points and gives her take on things.  And I agreed with pretty much everything.  Except she says she gets the writing out of the way first. 

As you've probably heard me say before, I don't write in the morning.  Years of homeschooling got me in the habit of writing at night.  And while I haven't had to homeschool in years, I'm still in that habit.  Plus, now Hubs isn't going off to a day job either, and we share an office, and the majority of his work has to be done in the morning.  You can see where I'm going with that, right?  The office is nice and quiet at night

And now my pay-job is busiest in the morning. So shifting the schedule to write during the day is not going to work for me.

So, I write and edit at night.  I do business stuff - marketing, networking, emailing, spreadsheeting, etc. - in the morning, too.  That stuff is easier to pause when something comes up than writing.  I like a nice uninterrupted stretch of an hour or three to put new words on the page.  Or to get really rolling on edits.  I start after dinner and work until bedtime or brain fatigue kicks in.

But that's me.

Now, I don't think Elizabeth was saying her way is the only way to write.  Of course not.  She was simply giving what works for her as a template for what might help other writers find their balance between writing and the business of being an author.  And I'm certainly not saying my way is the only way.  As I've always maintained, there is no right way to do this crazy thing we do.  You've got to find your own stride.  And if your stride isn't working for you, try something different until you're in your own groove.

My groove ain't for everyone. 

Now, you might notice that I talk about working in the morning and writing at night.  What about afternoons, you say?  Well, I'm pretty much a useless toad from lunchtime to dinner.  I don't write, I don't work, I don't exercise, I don't do housework.  If it doesn't get done in the morning, it ain't getting done until the next morning.  Except for writing.  And unless I'm on a deadline.  Then all bets are off and I work whether I'm a useless toad or not.

How about you?  When's your most productive time of day?  Are you a morning person or a night person?  If you're an afternoon person, I am in awe of you. 


  1. I do most of my fiction writing in the afternoon. I'm not awake enough in the morning, and generally too tired at night. The nonfiction gets worked on in the evenings, if I don't have pattern orders. It's comparatively brainless. ;-)

    But I need to make time for business stuff. My former business plan of "Write it and they will come" isn't working. Sigh!

    1. See? Different process for you, too. Cool.

      LOL, yeah, I also had that plan. I figured by the third book... the fifth book... the tenth book, they'd just be flying off the virtual shelves. But no. =o\

  2. It depends. Sometimes, waking up is too hard to do so I can't focus. Sometimes, afternoons are needed for other stuff. Sometimes, after dinner, the light bulb flashes on and I can dash off stuff for an hour or so before my eyes are burning and I need to veg in a dark room and try to sleep.

    Different strokes for different folks. :)

    1. Oh, I'm hearin' that this morning. Of course, getting up at 4 doesn't help. Bleh. Hey, I need to borrow some of your flashes. I'm flashless and unsparkly today.

      Yep, and I like that we can go our own ways and still achieve our own ends. We rock!