When do you write your best material?

Discuss writing, including writing tips & tricks, writing philosophy, writer's block, etc. If you have grammar questions, marketing questions, or if you want feedback on a poem or short story you wrote, please use the corresponding forum below.
Featured Topic: How to Get Your Book Published
Forum rules
If you have spelling or grammar questions, please post them in the International Grammar section.

If you want feedback for poetry or short stories you have written, please post the poem or short story in either the Creative Original Works: Short Stories section or the Creative Original Works: Poetry section.

If you have a book that you want reviewed, click here to submit your book for review.
User avatar
lowen1994
Posts: 7
Joined: 08 Oct 2015, 19:47
Bookshelf Size: 3
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lowen1994.html

Re: When do you write your best material?

Post by lowen1994 » 08 Oct 2015, 19:49

I usually do my best writing when I've been busy all day and am practically foaming at the mouth, can't wait to get to my computer.

User avatar
HalcyonFlower
Posts: 179
Joined: 22 May 2014, 19:45
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 4
Currently Reading: Hearts In Atlantis
Bookshelf Size: 23
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-halcyonflower.html
Latest Review: "Not a Blueprint: It's the Shoe Prints That Matter" by Nina Norstrom, Author
Publishing Contest Votes: 2

Post by HalcyonFlower » 13 Oct 2015, 22:32

I'm such a night owl so in the early mornings are best for me. I used to live in a house with many members so it was really great to work in quiet, instead of the loud mess that was the day.

User avatar
hyrumseries
Posts: 7
Joined: 15 Oct 2015, 10:32
Bookshelf Size: 0
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hyrumseries.html

Post by hyrumseries » 15 Oct 2015, 10:39

It comes and goes. I've tried keeping to some of kind of set schedule, but if an idea isn't coming, it's not coming. I try to keep at least a million different things going so if something doesn't work for one during the evening, I can try another the next morning. My phone's notepad is full of rough drafts that hit me when I'm out and about or at work and don't have my computer.

My peak writing times are pretty much when it wants, where it wants, how it wants.

User avatar
moderntimes
Posts: 2249
Joined: 15 Mar 2014, 13:03
Favorite Author: James Joyce
Favorite Book: Ulysses by James Joyce
Currently Reading: Grendel by John Gardner
Bookshelf Size: 0
fav_author_id: 2516

Post by moderntimes » 15 Oct 2015, 12:19

I'm like you, hyrum -- I don't have a set schedule. I'm retired aside from an occasional tech consulting job, so I make my own schedule.

I do however stick to the premise of doing SOME sort of writing each day, otherwise I get rusty. And that 4th novel won't write itself. I'm now at about 12,000 words and I keep plugging away.

But I don't adhere to a fixed schedule for a day. I write as the spirit moves me, but I also admit that occasionally I have to kick-start the ol' spirit, ha ha.
"Ineluctable modality of the visible..."

Christine_B
Posts: 44
Joined: 26 Nov 2015, 00:55
Currently Reading: Silver Shadows
Bookshelf Size: 1976
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-christine-b.html
Latest Review: "The Banned Book about Love" by Scott Hughes

Post by Christine_B » 03 Dec 2015, 20:52

I write my best stories when I just wake up because most of my story ideas come from my dreams.

User avatar
Pectabyte
Posts: 12
Joined: 24 Dec 2015, 15:41
Bookshelf Size: 0

Post by Pectabyte » 24 Dec 2015, 15:56

I write my best work after a jog and im feeling energized. I also seem to write better in the late morning / early afternoon. I find the crap I write in the middle of the night tends to be very sentimental but doesn't really push the story or characters forward.

User avatar
moderntimes
Posts: 2249
Joined: 15 Mar 2014, 13:03
Favorite Author: James Joyce
Favorite Book: Ulysses by James Joyce
Currently Reading: Grendel by John Gardner
Bookshelf Size: 0
fav_author_id: 2516

Post by moderntimes » 24 Dec 2015, 19:19

Rethinking this topic, I find that I can write most anytime, so long as I'm not distracted or overly tired. Now that I'm semi-retired and only taking on occasional consulting work plus my novels, I find that I've got time in the mornings, take a break, write more in the afternoon, and so on.

And hey, I've got a lovely live-in girlfriend and she and I spend lots of time together too, so my writing isn't all I do. I also get out and around, see movies, concerts, other things, hang at the Brit pub with pals, you name it.

But when I DO get to writing, I try to dedicate a solid chunk of time, 4-5 hours uninterrupted, so I can really focus and bear down. That 80,000 word novel doesn't write itself, y'know.
"Ineluctable modality of the visible..."

User avatar
Hatter
Posts: 5
Joined: 30 Dec 2015, 02:08
Bookshelf Size: 0
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hatter.html

Post by Hatter » 30 Dec 2015, 02:28

I've always been a night owl and I get more things done in one night between 1am and 6 am than I could do during the day in three days. The night invigorates me and inspires me.

kayper
Posts: 11
Joined: 13 Dec 2015, 18:21
2017 Reading Goal: 10
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 0
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Currently Reading: Fox flight lightfall
Bookshelf Size: 12
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-kayper.html
fav_author_id: 2484

Post by kayper » 31 Dec 2015, 15:03

I right best in the morning when it is quiet

User avatar
doyle5
Posts: 74
Joined: 28 Dec 2015, 11:23
Currently Reading: Steelheart
Bookshelf Size: 54
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-doyle5.html

Post by doyle5 » 01 Jan 2016, 11:02

Usually late at night when I have no other obligations...or in the middle of class. That's a good time too.

User avatar
KateNox
Posts: 77
Joined: 04 Sep 2015, 13:21
2017 Reading Goal: 80
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 0
Bookshelf Size: 127
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-katenox.html
Latest Review: "Eastern Wisdom Western Soul" by Richard Singer

Post by KateNox » 04 Jan 2016, 06:57

The most brilliant ideas I get it's when I'm half asleep, slowly falling to the dreaming state - it's then when great ideas come to me. Unfortunately, then I just have to write them down and one can easily imagine that I don't get a lot of sleep.

User avatar
Renee Bella
Posts: 42
Joined: 03 May 2016, 11:32
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 0
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 3565">City of Lost Souls</a>
Currently Reading: Torn
Bookshelf Size: 27
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-renee-bella.html
Latest Review: "Evarance - Rise of the Shadows" by Bonnie M. Clark

Post by Renee Bella » 19 May 2016, 02:12

I don't have a problem with writing at any particular time in the day. I do, however, prefer writing at night because there is something more private about it. When my house is still and everyone is in bed, I am alone and there is no one to disturb my train of thought.
Write your own destiny...

User avatar
Amagine
Posts: 5408
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
2017 Reading Goal: 400
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 45
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Bookshelf Size: 726
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-amagine.html
Latest Review: "Salome and Gogo visit Soweto" by Cora Groenewald
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG
fav_author_id: 3251

Post by Amagine » 26 Mar 2017, 15:16

I write my best material first thing in the morning. As soon as I wake up, that is when I am the most creative. So I have to hurry up, grab a pencil and paper and I am good to go!
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude." -A.A Milne

"I am grateful for all the books that sparked my imagination." -Unknown

User avatar
Vivian Paschal
Posts: 241
Joined: 05 Jan 2017, 02:04
2017 Reading Goal: 10
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 130
Favorite Author: John Grisham
Currently Reading: Southern Cross
Bookshelf Size: 36
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-vivian-paschal.html
Latest Review: "My Trip To Adele" by R.I.Alyaseer and A. I Alyaseer
fav_author_id: 2455

Post by Vivian Paschal » 17 Jun 2017, 16:38

I've found that my writing is usually very good when I write how I feel at the moment. Outside of my feelings, I may need research to write really good stuff.

User avatar
Sushan
Posts: 327
Joined: 04 May 2018, 19:13
2018 Reading Goal: 10
2017 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 120
Currently Reading: Andalusian in Jerusalem
Bookshelf Size: 102
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sushan.html
Latest Review: Chrome Mountain by Ben Schneider

Post by Sushan » 19 Jun 2018, 12:43

I write for my own pleasure so, I do not have deadlines or pressure. But I think if I am pressurized, the outcome won't be of any good. Relaxed mind is the most needed thing for me to write
:techie-studyingbrown: $u$han €kanayak€ :techie-studyingbrown:

Post Reply

Return to “Writing Discussion”