Writing Exercises: "Ten Tips for Writing in the Morning and or Evening"
As mentioned in an earlier post, every writer has a certain time in which they have their "buzz time" to write. Some writers even have two "buzz times" during the day but may not always have the time to utilize both. More often than not, writers are also either or on being a morning or evening writer. The most important thing here though is to figure out which you are more reliably and always make yourself for whichever of those time slots.
On the topic of time slots, I can confidently say I do not simply write in the evening (as my "buzz" time is in the evening) and that's the work day. I spend every moment of free time I have available between work outline stories, drafting chapters, playing with names of characters or places throughout the day. Regardless of whether the time deciding if one of my characters are going to be next on the chopping block or what chapters need to be revised, I make sure to make time for these slots. They're extremely important even if they lurk in the middle of your day outside of the morning or evening you spend writing.
Now, regardless of whether your version of morning/evening is different than mine, it is important for the sake of maintaining your brain's production of creative ideas.
1) Become a morning/evening grouch: If you're a morning person, take advantage of that groggy time between wakefulness and sleep. That time when you first wake is crucial fro remembering dreams or thoughts you had from the night before, as well as thoughts your creative brain is producing at that very moment. Being greeted in the morning and all other morning conversations can completely distract you from the time you need to be concentrating. If you're an evening person, you need that crucial time right after work and before you get home to your family, roommate, etc. to concentrate on your writing. Personally the end of the work day leaves me craving "buzz time" but the most frustrating thing in the world is when that crucial time is distracted by something else.
2) Get up or stay up an hour earlier: This is a necessary step to take when life is crowding your writing schedule. My weekly clock-out time sometimes gets delayed when the work day has been busy enough to completely keep me from writing. Morning writers, if your mornings are being rushed to get you to work, its time to set back the alarm clock a little earlier so that you can get your writing time in. It can be exhausting from either end but if it means getting your writing time in, its absolutely crucial that you do.
3) Java! Get an electric kettle either near your writing desk or around your immediate area because energizing yourself in some way will definitely be a must. In the morning I have a tall mug of coffee followed by an afternoon cup of mango tea. Both of these beverages are necessary because they wake me up from the exhaustion that comes from work and writing all day.
4) Use your shower time well: Two words- Aqua Notes. They're on amazon and the one thing you are missing in your life right now. Waterproof notes that come with a pencil and are available for you to write your notes while you are in the shower. Shower time, to remain on topic, is a wonderful time where you get to think and be perfectly comfortable at the same time. If this sounds new to you, start training yourself to write in the shower. I can't even begin to fathom how many chapters I have drafted while lathering shampoo into my hair.
5) No news is really good news: Regardless of whether or not you are a morning or evening writer, we all listen to the news in some fashion. Maybe you listen to the weather, talk radio or some form of podcast on your commute. As fun as these can be they can also be distracting to your writing. This may not be an enormous problem for writers since in terms of podcasts there are many creative writing podcasts nowadays but proceed with caution when listening to the news (in whatever form) on your commute if it distracts your writing thought process.
6) Tune in after the commercial break: You guessed it if this tip is similar to the above. Your writing time is no time for you to be tuning into morning and evening shows. Catch up on them later or pray that your cable box records programs.
7) Repeat after me: No early-morning or late night teleconferences during your writing time. This gets a bit trickier of a tip considering how demanding jobs can be so the best advice I have is do your best to schedule your writing time outside of times when consistent phone calls for work can occur.
8) Writing in hotel rooms: The title of this tip says it all-if your on vacation, get that do not disturb sign on the door and use those lovely executive desks hotels love to furnish with. They are pretty great desks to work on and privacy's a great thing about hotels too.
9) Homework is for grown-ups: Before you call it a night on anything, always have a planner (like you did in school) and jot down left over ideas you want to explore the following day. That way the following day you're ready to take on whatever is next on your writing task list.
10) Keep a well-stocked nightstand: This is a superbly important tip. My nightstand at home has a journal, a pen, the book I'm reading, a reading light and some sticky-notes. That's your desk away from your desk, the first-thing or before-bed station of writing that every writer needs to take advantage of on a daily basis. Make sure your nightstand is equipped to handle those creative thoughts that pop into your head as soon as your eyes begin to open or droop.