How to Make the Most of Your Writing Time: #4 Identify Writing Times


If you have your priorities straight and have identified the things you need to avoid in order to stay on track, your next step is to identify your best times for writing. This means that you have your priority list with you during your optimal writing times and avoid distractions if possible.

First thing in the morning: Most writers prefer to jump into their projects first thing in the morning. This means that even before you check e-mail, you’re aiming to start a project. Perhaps checking e-mail or taking a shower could provide a nice break in between projects.

Late morning or lunch break: The late morning is another great time for writing if you have the luxury of not working a day job. However, if you can’t swing that, take a notebook or lap top with you for your lunch break to brain storm ideas and to write up a few drafts.

Afternoon: I don’t know anyone who likes to write in the afternoon. Most academics save grading for the afternoon, and therefore as a writer, your afternoon could be used to catch up on e-mail, social media, business loose ends, and projects that don’t require your best creativity or concentration.

Late at night: Though writing late at night can be difficult to balance with other responsibilities or a day job, there are many writers who swear by late night writing times. There are minimal distractions, no one is online, and all is generally quiet. Don’t rule out this possibility, but don’t forget that sleep deprivation can hinder your creativity.

Weekends: I aim for one day completely free from writing, and that’s usually Sunday. However, on Saturdays I try to work on brainstorming blog post series for the week, touching up web sites, and following up on busy-work that won’t require too much concentration. I also write fiction on Saturdays since I see that as a fun exercise that may one day pay off.