When do you write – in the morning, late in the evening? Are you at your most creative when surrounded by noise – music, coffee shop chatter, or do you prefer silence?
Some people can write any place, any time. If finding the time to write is an issue, it’s a case of taking whatever you can get, whether that means writing on the train to work, or in between dropping the kids at various clubs.
I’m a morning person, always have been. I would rather get up at 6am and write than wait until the kids have gone to bed to start work. By then, I am good for nothing and my poor brain can’t take it. In the mornings, I am refreshed after a good night’s sleep and my mind is empty of thoughts that might get in the way of my creativity. It’s blissfully unaware of whatever stresses the day might bring. It looks like this:
By the end of the day, after organising the lives of three children, plus work and whatever else is going on, it’s more like this:
What room is there on here for any creativity?
This happened to me last Thursday night when I went to my writing group. I dashed out of the door as soon as my husband came home (it was like tag), making it just in time. This was after running around after school with the two little ones and dealing with my eldest, who had had a particularly difficult day. I was stressed and feeling emotionally drained and when I got to the group I was like a zombie.
I had nothing to add, intellectual or otherwise to any conversation and when it came to a creative exercise, I was well and truly stumped. Zero, nada, zilch, nothing. I had a moment of ‘why am I here doing this? What is the point?’ And I almost ran out of the door. I realised though, that after the day I’d had, it was no surprise that I’d lost my creative mojo. There was no space left in my poor little brain for anything else.
Perhaps an evening writing class is no good for me, or maybe I could put it down to a bad week. I’m not sure anyone does writing groups at 6am though, so you have to take what you can get, don’t you? When I’m working on my novel, I can write anytime anywhere, but that’s because I’m so familiar with my characters and the story, I can dip in and out of it whenever I like. It’s not the same when you a creating something new. You need to be in ‘the zone’ to come up with something. Do you find that, or is it me? Is my lack of creativity on demand a fault of mine that as someone who dares to call herself a writer should be worried about? I don’t know, but I would be interested in what you think about all this.
I’m sharing this for What I’m Writing.