And Why You Should Try It
Writing is a time for me to flesh out my thoughts — all the ideas that I’d previously thrown down on some random sheet of paper.
There is a sort of relief that I feel once I put these things down on paper.
And writing earlier in the morning allows me to think better.
In the morning, I have a clear mind to receive and retrieve fresh thoughts. All I need is a good, solid 6–8 hours of sleep, and I’m good to go.
During this time, I have less clutter going on with my thought process. The day hasn’t really started yet for me, which is good.
My mind is open to do what it is supposed to do.
There is little to no distractions earlier in the morning. I live by a somewhat busy road, so during the run of a day, there are a ton of cars passing by, sometimes honking their nicely tuned horns.
Then there’s the lovely firetrucks and police cars — letting everyone know that they need to get out of the way, which is fine and all.
But this sort of forces me to make a change in my writing schedule — if you’d like to call it that.
There is much less of this during the 5am-7am time period.
Now, I live in the third largest city in the state of North Carolina. I can’t speak for those living in heavy-traffic-filled New York and similar places.
But one thing’s for certain; the earlier, the better.
I have been one of those people who decided to write at the end of the day.
That has never really worked for me. It is essentially the opposite of every positive thing I mentioned earlier.
I was extremely exhausted by the time I got home. I needed a nice, long, hot shower. And a nap was one of the major things on my to-do list.
I worked in a warehouse when I attempted to write in the evenings. I was always sore when I got home — lifting 50–75-pound boxes consistently. And my energy level had gone down to floor level, maybe below that.
I had no juice left in me. After I’d napped, there was homework to be done. So there was very little time to work with.
My brain was being overloaded, along with my body — which doesn’t help when it comes to writing fresh, exciting ideas down for you and someone else to enjoy.
And don’t even get me started about the distractions. Everyone was getting off work during this time — the nine-to-fivers were clocking out just like I was.
And living in a house with five adults and one toddler isn’t the best solution when you need peace and quiet.
For some reason, thoughts come to mind better moments after I wake up.
Instead of immediately getting ready for work as soon as I open my eyes, I decided to go to sleep a little earlier than usual, wake up earlier, and write.
I didn’t say I wrote a book in this time frame, and in the beginning, it probably wasn’t 300 words.
But I wrote.
I got my ideas out of my head and onto that fresh sheet of writing paper.
I soon concluded that this was the best option for me. I also began to see a difference in my writing as a result.
But keep in mind, our living situations may be different.
You may have a schedule you’re forced to stick with. Maybe you have kids who refuse to let you get any work done. You may be forced to write in the middle of the day. Or, it could be two in the morning when you finally get a chance to write anything.
Whatever the time, we should all make time for writing.
- Set a time to write.
- Set a timer while you write (I normally shoot for an hour).
- Make yourself use what you’ve written after the timer goes off.
- Expound on those ideas you see.
- The last of these would be the editing, of course.
During the editing, I emphasize not overthinking. I place myself into the mind of the reader when editing my writing, but I’m getting out of the habit of beating myself up over mistakes — mistakes that will probably happen no matter the hours, days, or years of writing.
You don’t have to be a “writer” to write.
You can turn those ideas into something mind-blowing — transforming your thoughts and ideas into something all of us can see, words written down. It’s such a powerful thing.
All you need is a time to consistently write it down. And in doing so, we become better writers and better thinkers.
Thanks for reading, guys! I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be sharing ideas like this each week. I’m always looking for new ways to learn, so if you have some other ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d love to hear it.