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KellyAssauer
09-17-2009, 03:22 AM
For reasons I do not understand, I can write my arse off from about 8am to Noon, and then -as hard as I try- it all goes poof. My afternoons become filled with forced writing, and often it's my yuckiest stuff.

Then somewhere around 8 or 9 at night it all starts back up as if it never stopped and if I don't watch it, it'll be 2am and I'll be exhausted. So I'm curious, when (or where) is your most creative writing periods?

KTC
09-17-2009, 03:23 AM
4:30AM - 5:30AM Every day.

brainstorm77
09-17-2009, 03:27 AM
It varies for me.

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 03:36 AM
I have SWD (Seasonal Writing Disorder). I write like a maniac from first frost until spring (often to the point that people call me a shut-in and I don't wear anything but pajamas). During that time I can get in a good 4000-5000 words a day. During warmer seasons I have to force myself to write, but I can still get in a good 2000 if I use a little self-discipline. (Oh...and night works best from me, but I'm a night person.)

scarletpeaches
09-17-2009, 03:39 AM
After dark. I'm no use to man nor beast in the mornings, but no matter how tired I am, I get my second wind in the evening and write best between 10pm-2am. So that's...now!

brainstorm77
09-17-2009, 03:39 AM
I've been writing more than ever but the time still varies. I write when I can fit it in.

Ambrosia
09-17-2009, 03:41 AM
I can write anytime but I prefer writing in the mornings to early afternoon. After that, I am pretty tired and it becomes harder for me to concentrate. Though I have discovered if I am up later at night into the wee hours of the morning, I can put out some fantastic poetry.

Kitty27
09-17-2009, 03:43 AM
I write best from 10pm to 5am.

I am not a morning person and I simply cannot function properly. Night comes and watch out! I will write until dawn.

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 03:44 AM
Does anyone else do frantic writing runs (like...say...twenty hours straight, only stopping for coffee and potty breaks)?

KTC
09-17-2009, 03:46 AM
Does anyone else do frantic writing runs (like...say...twenty hours straight, only stopping for coffee and potty breaks)?

i do novel marathons. i'm addicted to them. they are 48 hour marathons. no sleep. just first word to last word...a full novel in 2 days. i love it this way!

Tiz_Mee
09-17-2009, 03:46 AM
I write my best stuff from 9pm till morning just because there are less interuptions for me during this time. :)

But as long as I have some awesome inspiration, I can crank it out whenever (these times I'm usually wacked out on caffeine/sugar mostly). ;)

KTC --Holy smokes!! :Hail:

Kayleamay--Uh, Wow!!

Alan Yee
09-17-2009, 03:48 AM
I don't write at a specific time. It's usually just whenever I'm able to fit it in.

brainstorm77
09-17-2009, 03:48 AM
Does anyone else do frantic writing runs (like...say...twenty hours straight, only stopping for coffee and potty breaks)?

When I get a good flow. YUP:)

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 03:50 AM
i do novel marathons. i'm addicted to them. they are 48 hour marathons. no sleep. just first word to last word...a full novel in 2 days. i love it this way!


Oh...that would be fun. Of course, I'd be so highly caffeinated by the end someone would have to peel me off the wall and the last chapter would read something like this.

He took the...thing he was holding in the last chapter in his right...no left...no right hand then swung it at...whatever that other characters name was.
"What the hell?" she asked as her head caved in. Most people wouldn't be able to talk with their heads caved in, but she could, cause I said so.
"Oh, sorry. I thought you were someone else," he said.

The End.

KTC
09-17-2009, 03:55 AM
Oh...that would be fun. Of course, I'd be so highly caffeinated by the end someone would have to peel me off the wall and the last chapter would read something like this.

He took the...thing he was holding in the last chapter in his right...no left...no right hand then swung it at...whatever that other characters name was.
"What the hell?" she asked as her head caved in. Most people wouldn't be able to talk with their heads caved in, but she could, cause I said so.
"Oh, sorry. I thought you were someone else," he said.

The End.

ha. i'm telling you...it's like having a spiritual moment. by the time you reach about the 30th hour you have to be vigilant not to write the nonsense crap that goes through your sleep deprived mind. it's a matter of meditating and focusing. it's a huge rush. sometimes when i am in the editing process i'll find a couple of words that seem to be dropped down from outer space...hallucination moments.

Brutal Mustang
09-17-2009, 04:05 AM
4:30-6:00 every morning, while watching Venus rise over my computer.

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 04:06 AM
Come first frost, I will be attempting this. I'm expecting the result to be humorous. Unfortunately, I don't write humor.

KTC
09-17-2009, 04:06 AM
4:30-6:00 every morning, while watching Venus rise over my computer.

Thanks for making me feel like a slacker! I stop at 5:30. (-:

KTC
09-17-2009, 04:07 AM
Come first frost, I will be attempting this. I'm expecting the result to be humorous. Unfortunately, I don't write humor.

There's no time like the presence. It's just funny words. Or is that words in a funny order. Oh hell...whatever. As long as you spell it humour, you're good to go.

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 04:12 AM
There's no time like the presence. It's just funny words. Or is that words in a funny order. Oh hell...whatever. As long as you spell it humour, you're good to go.

See? I can't even spell now...and I'm well rested. Imagine the catastrophe I could write on no sleep.

(I wrote a whole chapter in my last book with the main characters name misspelled. Cool huh?)

KTC
09-17-2009, 04:13 AM
See? I can't even spell now...and I'm well rested. Imagine the catastrophe I could write on no sleep.

(I wrote a whole chapter in my last book with the main characters name misspelled. Cool huh?)


lol. You spelled it right for YOUR country. I'm in Canada. Up here we have all sorts of extra U letters to use up.

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 04:15 AM
Darn you Canadians and your maple leaf flag.

scarletpeaches
09-17-2009, 04:18 AM
ha. i'm telling you...it's like having a spiritual moment. by the time you reach about the 30th hour you have to be vigilant not to write the nonsense crap that goes through your sleep deprived mind. it's a matter of meditating and focusing. it's a huge rush. sometimes when i am in the editing process i'll find a couple of words that seem to be dropped down from outer space...hallucination moments.I get like this when I'm sleep-deprived. Never tried it fresh-in-the-morning tired though.

Slightly off-topic, but...have you noticed a difference between that sort, and the 'been up for two days' straight' tired? It's more hypnotic. I get closer to the dreamworld whereas if I'm just out of bed and dozy, that's an itchy-eyes, headscratchy tired. I'm too clunky in the head to get the words out. But if I'm tired at the other end of the scale, it's like...fuzzy. Rather than fighting to wake up it's like my brain touches the dream world. My internal editor goes to sleep but my subconscious wakes up.

I forget to edit as I write and sometimes I write like a drunk woman. Putting together words and phrases I never would have thought of with a fresh, rested mind, because fresh, rested minds are so far away from the dreamworld. They don't need to touch it; they're alert and human and functional.

So yeah. I like end-of-the-day tiredness. It's more creative than the "Jeez, I'm tired but I need to have a bath and go out and do stuff," exhaustion.

rhymegirl
09-17-2009, 04:26 AM
4:30AM - 5:30AM Every day.

Yikes! I'd be writing nonsense, yawning with my head down on the keyboard.

kayleamay
09-17-2009, 04:29 AM
I get like this when I'm sleep-deprived. Never tried it fresh-in-the-morning tired though.

Slightly off-topic, but...have you noticed a difference between that sort, and the 'been up for two days' straight' tired? It's more hypnotic. I get closer to the dreamworld whereas if I'm just out of bed and dozy, that's an itchy-eyes, headscratchy tired. I'm too clunky in the head to get the words out. But if I'm tired at the other end of the scale, it's like...fuzzy. Rather than fighting to wake up it's like my brain touches the dream world. My internal editor goes to sleep but my subconscious wakes up.

I forget to edit as I write and sometimes I write like a drunk woman. Putting together words and phrases I never would have thought of with a fresh, rested mind, because fresh, rested minds are so far away from the dreamworld. They don't need to touch it; they're alert and human and functional.

So yeah. I like end-of-the-day tiredness. It's more creative than the "Jeez, I'm tired but I need to have a bath and go out and do stuff," exhaustion.


Me too.

brainstorm77
09-17-2009, 04:34 AM
I also brainstorm in the shower. For some reason it works.

Mumut
09-17-2009, 04:56 AM
As I am a full time domestic servant, I first do the washing, dishes, garden, painting - anything that needs to be done; I like it out of the way. Then I can get into my writing in the afternoon/evening with only a break to cook dinner.

Cassiopeia
09-17-2009, 04:56 AM
Does anyone else do frantic writing runs (like...say...twenty hours straight, only stopping for coffee and potty breaks)?When I'm overseas, I will do this. For days on end. I'll write for 24-36 hours and then fall asleep for a day, get up and start again.

For me it has to be Black Cat peanut butter on white thin slice bread from the Spar (South African grocery chain store) and nescafe coffee with hot chocolate combined and marshmallows..and *blushes* a pack of Craven A Menthol slims. (It's really the only place I smoke)

I don't live in SA anymore and I don't get to visit so that's over.

I write now, in the wee hours of the night. I'll start after the world goes quiet and write until 3 or 4 am.

I'm also so picky that I hate writing on my desktop and prefer a laptop and use the desktop for editing.

KellyAssauer
09-17-2009, 05:06 PM
I have to agree with many of the other 'conditions' people have mentioned, I'm also far more productive during the winter months, and must make myself stop when the weather gets all dark and gloomy.

Tepelus
09-18-2009, 01:21 AM
When the nights grow longer, my itch to write returns. During the spring and summer months, my mind is switched over to gardening and doing fun outdoor stuff. When fall comes around, and the dark gloominess of winter arrives, that's when I feel the desire to write again. And the desire is strongest on cloudy days and when it's dark. When the sun goes down, I want to write.