How to Write First Thing in the Morning

    write first thing in the morning

    As I write these words, it’s a little after 4:00 a.m. and my wife and kids are sleeping. The house is dark and quiet, with no TV or music playing, no conversation to distract the voice in my head.

    It’s the perfect writing environment, for me at least.

    When we write, we are speaking with a voice in our heads, and that voice is communicated through our fingertips and onto paper or the digital whitespace. The more noise that’s around us, the more difficult it is to hear our voice.

    That’s why the morning has always been my favorite time to write, before anyone awakes, before traffic starts up or the chickens start making crowing noises. It’s the still of early morning that allows my voice to come through.

    Why Write So Early?
    Sure, it can be done at any time of day. For some people, noise is a welcome relief from the heavy silence. For others, the quiet of late night is preferred. I won’t argue with these people, as everyone has to find a writing time that works for them

    But here’s why “first thing in the morning” works for me (and that doesn’t have to be 4:00 a.m. — it can be whenever you awake):

    1. It’s quiet. For me, that’s super important. There’s no better time than when the world is still asleep.
    2. Work hasn’t gotten in the way. By mid-morning or afternoon, a ton of stuff has come up that must be done now … pushing back the writing. First thing in the morning, nothing has come up to push back my writing.
    3. Life hasn’t gotten in the way. It’s not just work that pushes back writing, but everyday stuff, like errands and paying bills and parties and family and kids. If you wait until the evening to write, what happens when a social engagement comes up that evening? Writing gets postponed.

    Tips for Writing Early in the Morning
    So you want to write in the morning … but need some suggestions? No problem. Here are my favorite tips:

    1. Wake earlier. If you normally wake up just in time to start getting ready and then head out the door, you’ll need to wake earlier to make time for writing. That’s why I wake at 4:00 or 4:30 … it gives me a good two hours. Wake just a little earlier at a time — see my tips on doing this here.
    2. Topic. Don’t wake up in the morning with no idea what you’re going to write about. Have your topic chosen and give it a little thought the night before. It’s great to sleep on it anyway — let your subconscious do the work for you.
    3. Research. Do your research the afternoon or evening before. That way, you’re ready to write and don’t have to be distracted by going online to look something up. Just look everything up the day before, and save it all to a text file, so you can write without having to go online.
    4. Start with an outline. It’s hard to just start writing with a blank screen staring at you. So I start typing out notes or an outline, so that it gets my brain and my fingers moving. Once I’ve done that, the actual writing is much easier.
    5. Don’t check email. Whatever you normally have the urge to do first thing in the morning … resist the urge. For me, that’s email. But that can take an hour of your time, and then your morning writing time has been pushed back again. Instead, close your email program and just have the writing program open. Resist the urge!
    6. Have it open. I like to have my writing program open (I use WriteRoom, for its lack of distractions) so that it’s right there when I wake up. I put the title on the screen, along with any research I might have done the day before. Then everything is ready to go … I just need to start writing.
    7. Get a glass of water or coffee. Before I start writing, I make my coffee and drink a glass of water. The water gets me hydrated, and the coffee makes the morning writing experience that much more enjoyable.
    8. Focus. While you’re writing, resist the urge to go on the Internet or play games or watch TV or get up and do something else. It takes a lot of practice, but with practice, you’ll get good at focusing on the writing at hand. Practice makes perfect.
    9. Check email (or another reward) when you’ve done an hour. If you tell yourself that you will be able to check email (or whatever it is you have the urge to do) after one hour of writing — or until you’re done with the thing you’re writing, whichever is sooner — you’ll be motivated to get your writing done. Then you can reward yourself with email (or whatever) and feel good about it.

    I think you’ll find that writing early in the morning is a habit that will make you a better and mor productive writer.


    About the author

      Leo Babauta

      Leo Babauta is the blogger behind the superblog, Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of life.

    • Jane Love says:

      Your Zen Habits blog was really inspiring and this one seems very exciting. I don’t know why but of late, most articles and people I come across preach one thing to me – the benefits of sleeping early. After reading this article, I decided to actually make an effort in doing that.

      So far, it has proved to be very effective. My mind is fresher and more active. Thus, I am able to achieve more goals in a day. Love this article and thanks for the tips.

    • Vicky says:

      I love this article.
      Very inspiring and educative.
      And i agree with you.
      In as much as, i can write anytime in the day, i realized following your tips did me more good as well.
      my mind was just fresh and i was at peace writing, knowing there wouldn’t be any barrier or noise to prevent my ideas from flowing
      Thnks once again.

    • I love this article! I wrote one a few years ago about my experience getting up earlier to write…and I’m so NOT a morning person! You can read it here:

      Sadly, my life situation changed and I have been trying desperately to get back into that early morning routine. It’s just not happening so instead I am finding time late at night (It’s currently 10:30pm and everyone is in bed sound asleep, including the cats and the dog!)

      I need peace and quiet to hear my inner voice dictate the words that fill the page, and I like to be able to hear the clicking of the letters as I type them. There’s something soothing about it. Once upon a time, before my morning routine came to be, I used to be a night owl. My natural clock keeps me up late anyway, so I took advantage of that and would write until 1 or 2am.

      I guess what I’ve learned over the years is that it doesn’t matter whether you get up early or go to bed late, find that sacred time to write and just do it!

      Thanks for the post!

    • Six years and this post is still absolutely relevant–I recently mentioned it in my own post about writing in the morning. It’s really great having a set time to form a habit, “going to see the muse,” as Stephen King puts it. I’m full-swing into NaNoWriMo 2014 and I’m here to say thanks for the advice and the affirmation!

      – Alex

    • Dhaval says:

      Great shot and great idea, I have found my self being one of the laziest blogger, but your post made me think differently.
      Thank You and warm Regards

    • Omer M. says:

      Thanks! Very Inspiring and Motivational!

    • LOVE this article! Writing in the morning is the best! Thanks for a great article! 🙂

    • Thanks very much for the tips. I’m experimenting with this and finding it a great practice, though it’s only been a week. FYI it’s on Edison, the Think, Try, Learn experimenter’s journal: ”
      reserve mornings for writing” –

    • I write from 5:00 to 7:00 every morning and found your post to contain some good tips I hadn’t thought of. Thanks.

    • Great post! and lots of golden nuggets to take away.


    • Sarah says:

      Sometimes, I can just stay awake the whole night to write. Then when I finally get to sleep and wake up again, I will continue to write. I just love to write the whole night because night time is so quiet and peaceful.

    • John says:

      If these articles are what you use your quiet mornings for, and what your voice tells you to write, perhaps you should not write. This article says nothing. Worse, it is just more evidence that mediocre writers obsess over themselves rather than their craft – as is then proved by every comment on this page. If you need to write, and have no time during the day, then you will be up at four without advice or an alarm. If you do not need (truly) to write, then get some sleep.

    • LMoody says:

      A Great Article and Tips! Also enjoyed the tips from other writers.
      I usually get up when my body awakens which is late morning. My
      situation is quite different because my husband and I are RVers. That
      means we live and move around as we work various jobs as work campers. I am a writer and have to adjust my time to work accordingly. I will take your advice and try to get up earlier by increments of 15 – 30 minutes. In an RV you may have only two choices of where to write. My husband is an early riser and he enjoys his own quiet time. HMmmmm,
      this is going to be quite an interesting new found thing to try.
      Thank you for your suggestions.

    • AbleReach says:

      LOL re getting a cat, Karin.

      My cat expects joy, kitty snacks and a rousing game of peekaboo chase when I wake up. When I want to sleep in this is not nice. A small attitude adjustment on my part would reinvent joy, kitty snacks and peekaboo chase as the signal for “after this there will be a lovely and productive morning writing session.”

    • Karin says:

      If you’re committed to getting up early to write, get a cat. During your first week with the cat, set your alarm clock for 4 or 5 a.m. (or an hour or two before you normally rise). When the alarm rings, get up immediately and feed your cat something wonderful–the best canned cat food money can buy. After about a week, the cat’s internal alarm will be set. For life.

      Every morning from then on, your feline alarm will wake you at that same early hour. There are no snooze buttons on cats, although you can try to ignore them. (They like it when you do, as that gives them license to increase the gentle taps and quiet mews to solid whacks, hair pulls, nose nips, and yowls). Dogs may be loyal, but cats are dependable and persistent as hell.

    • Excellent article… it’s simple, but a really effective way to draw from your “first reserves” for writing. I have been trying to push up my wake up time to do this more and more. I also keep a list of possible articles at my bedside in the evening and having my mind work through it in my sleep really helps. I am going to link this post into a post I am writing for moms who are looking for time to journal. Thanks!

    • vginstep says:

      I am a writer. And I work best in the wee small hours of the morning. I realize I am a night person and work best after midnight. I was fortunate. When I worked as an advertising copywriter the owner of the agency (and you would know him) realized this and did not put restrictions on me.

    • Guess what the first thing in the morning I write something and that happens to be looking at your website and you typing on your laptop and therefore being very easy going and simple minded and therefore being very creatively creating word smiths out of your backside of thoughts and putting them in writing virtually on the instant and on the internet of connected people who wrtie and therefore author things and therefore are webmaster of their domain and are very creatively energized for writing in the moring.

    • Jim Kepner says:

      I wrote a book exactly ths way when my kids were in preschool- I had to get the most done before 8am wakeup for them. The night before priming with notes and such was really helpful for me then. Email wasn’t such a pull then, though! You are really right about that, and my email/web addiction is so apparent as the biggest energy consumer now. I tell myself “I’ll just check in until I’m more awake…” but what a time waster. I can’t do as early in the morning as you, but your “call to discipline” may just help me slap my fingers away from the email/browser buttons! Thanks.

    • Elynn,

      I use a vibration alarm under my pillow, since I needed an alarm that would only wake me and not my spouse. It’s actually my cellphone switched off, and for turning the alarm off I need to find a specific small button. Plenty of time to wake up enough. For me that works great.

      I heard a lot of good stories of waking to alarms that work by illuminating the room slowly, as if the sun rises. You wake up very relaxed, and it’s very uncommon that people don’t wake up to it. And there’s nothing to snooze 🙂

      And you’re right OneNote is a great tool. I used it with great pleasure for a while, but in the end it turned out too chaotic for me. Or rather, it left too much room for my chaotic mind to expand.

    • Ellynn says:

      For PC Users, I LOVE Microsoft OneNote for organizing my research notes. It is SO easy. You can have as many different notebooks as you need, and it saves as you type. You can cut screenshots from the web and it will automatically put the web address with it so you can refer back to it. As a writing tool, it is amazing.

      My question is, how do you make yourself get out of bed at that time of day? I’ve long known that I am more productive throughout the day when I get up early, but whether I’ve had 2,6, or 8 hours of sleep, I find it nearly impossible to force myself out of bed that early. Any suggestions? I have 3 alarms, but I either hit the snooze alarm or sleep through them completely.

    • Lisa White says:

      Thanks for another great article Leo!
      This is a great website for writers and an ideal offshoot to Zenhabits!
      I’m not quite as hardcore with the 4 or 5am starts, but I’m focussing on waking early purely to write and I’ve found it very rewarding in ways I hadn’t actually foreseen and you manage to incorporate all of them on here.

    • Rod Harrington says:

      Another full screen text editor for Windows is Q10: Because it fills the screen, all distractions are gone. All that’s left is writing!

    • Amanda says:

      Cool blog. This blog is probably one of the most informative website about writing I have ever come across. I am one serious night owl, but after reading your post, I decided I want to change myself into an early bird. Admittedly, I have been slacking a lot in my studies ever since I started sleeping at 2 a.m. almost every day. Hopefully it will work. I think it will. =)

    • Ryan Ray says:

      As a newbie to the web, and blogging I really appreciate this website. Funny thing is I’ve been starting out writing like this, waking up one hour earlier to type out an article and get into that habit every saturday and work up to more frequency than once a week. Again thanks!

    • Hi Leo,

      This is probably one of the best writing related blog posts I have ever seen online. Why? Because it touches a core in my heart that screams YES, you are so dead right.

      This is definitely were I lack and can improve so much and I will take this to heart and start to get up early myself. I reckon writing from very early in the morning will not only be better for creativity, but also put us more into the zone.

      It is hard to be in the zone when outside distractions hinder us from thinking.

    • I am more creative very late at night, but more organised and focussed in the (late) mornings.

      Have raised two daughters while a single parent at university for seven years, so have been used to a little (ahem!) ‘background noise’ when I study or write!

      Although peace and quiet sometimes is lovely, I find total silence becomes distracting after a while!

      Thank you … again! Another great post! :o)

    • Tasha says:

      I agree with all of your suggestions. I am one of the late night writers — I am useless in the morning, but once everyone is asleep, the house is quiet, it is perfect.

      The key is to avoid email and facebook until a certain amount of work is done.

      Another plus is that late night/ early morning is not full of ringing phones.

    • Jacqueline says:

      I concur with your tips, although I might add that coffee is a must. The best part is simply being in the still of the day. There’s something serene about having solitude with the morning light.

    • Dear all, there’s another point of view for those who think that to wake up early in the morning it’s hard to put in action.
      If You consider writing at 4.00 am like the better conclusion for a day and You are a bohemienne writer it sounds much more romantic and effective. Don’t You think so?

      Nice post!

    • Chris says:

      This is the best article I’ve read on how to write better in the morning. I am a batwriter. Meaning waking up in the morning to write the best.

    • sascha says:

      Great article actually, love it!

    • Oh, shoot! It this for real? Just the thing I’ve been looking for… finally a real writing blog by a real writer that I already look up to! Looks like another great feed that I’m going to have to read every day then. Thanks, Leo!

    • When I returned to work on my doctorate many years ago I had 2 kids, aged 2 and 5. To add more fun to my life I gave birth to a son during my 2nd year of doctoral work.

      The only way I got everything done, in addition to having a devoted and patient husband, was to go to sleep when the kids did, 8PM and get up around 4 AM to study and write. Because I was devoting full time to my doctoral studies, I could take a nap before picking the kids up fr school. My babysitter came to my house as I was leaving for morning classes.

      4 AM is the perfect time for work that requires quiet and thought.

    • pumaboyd says:

      4:00 a.m is too early.the time is my sleeping now. but i want to know What often goes to bed?

    • You wrote just what I needed to read.

      I’m working on the habit of posting five or six times a week. It’s a worthy challenge. I usually post at about midnight, and outline tomorrow’s ideas at about 3am. The quiet of night helps me write, but then I lose the quiet of dawn – not something I want to be doing by Springtime!

    • Kris says:

      I tried the early riser method for years and kept beating myself up about how I couldn’t seem to make it work. I never felt fully awake and alert until around 9:30 or 10:00 in the morning at the earliest. Once I finally recognized my body’s internal time clock was configured for night owl mode instead, I switched to staying up much later at night and sleeping later in the morning.

      I’ve found I’m much more creative in the early evening and late at night. It’s just as quiet at 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. as it as at 4:00 a.m. but I’m far more productive, I feel much more focused and creative, I sleep better, and I don’t spend the first five or six hours of my day in a mental fog.

      I guess each person has his/her own internal schedule and sometimes it’s best to work with it rather than change it. The night owl tendency runs in my family, so perhaps it’s part nature, part nurture.

    • Funny that I’m reading this– it is 10:22pm here and the kids are asleep. I’m trying to get work done…but I lag. I think about that movie I rented from the library or how to fix X or Y.

      I’d love to wake early– this is a hard one for me as I am a total night owl.

    • Great blog! I enjoy Zen Habits and I look forward to reading more of this site.

      Readers may be interested see my article: How I trained myself to get up early (I’m a writer and I do my best work first thing).

    • Tamlyn says:

      Thank you for this post! I am definitely going to use some of your suggestions. I always find that when I am going to bed early, I have much more energy during the day to work on my writing (or anything else for that matter). Doing research the day before is a great suggestion.

      By the way, I am using a program like writeroom, but its free (gotta love freeware :D) Here is the url:

    • Great tips – I used to be a night person, until I trained myself into the morning way. It is true – you get far more done – no phone, no kids, no distractions.

      Now, what is this Writeroom thing you mention?

    • Sangesh says:

      Great article! The tips are also great and hopefully can help people, also including me, to try this technique effectively … It is brilliant and I will use it for all my writings seriously.


    • meghnak says:

      This is a great article. i was always in a fuss about when to write. I used to write in the noisy afternoon or either the blank silent night. But now, here comes a better idea! Early in the morning is a great time. I’ll try this and hope the result is as good as yours!
      Thanks once again for those wonderful tips!

    • Jessica says:

      I found this blog through Zen Mind and I’m rather excited about it. However, can you start an e-mail subscription for it? That would make my life about 10x easier, and I’m sure that a lot of others would appreciate it as well.

      Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • Arif says:

      Hi Leo,

      Hey, you switched to a Mac. I missed observing that sometime back. Congrats!

      If you like WriteRoom you’ll LOVE Scrivener don’t know if you’ve given that a shot. I’ve written about it here on how I use Scrivener for distraction free Blog writing.


      Bangalore, India

    • Great article! This reminds me a lot of the 4HWW principles of getting your rocks out before 11:00AM. It allows the rest of the day to be a bit more hectic because you’ve cleaned out a really important item.

    • I am the opposite, I like to write at night when everyone has gone to sleep.

      I use the mornings for working out to get a power start on the day!

    • Joy says:

      Writing early in the morning with a cup of coffee used to be my routine. I need to get back in the habit.

    • This post is extremely helpful. Everyone does need to find their own special time to right. When I sit down and start writing while distractions are surrounding me (the dog won’t stay still, my boyfriend calls and asks for a favor, etc), it takes me two or three hours to write a post, simply because I lose my train of thought.

      I found the best time for me to write was a break during work at the office.

      Thanks for the post!

    • dancingcrane says:

      Zenhabits devotee here. Great new blog! Oddly enough, like all the stuff you’ve done so far, exactly what I’ve needed when I need it.

      I’m finding success with Julia Cameron’s morning pages idea, from her book _The Artist’s Way_. Three longhand pages of first-thing-in-the-morning “brain drain”; all the bits, pieces, gripes, hopes, dreams, fears,etc. Really clears the head. Don’t even reread (for a few weeks anyway). Then, on to the real writing/whatever project!

    • Julia says:

      I like the idea of WriteRoom, but looking for it I can only find it for Macs. Anything similar for PCs?

    • Blair says:

      JDarkRoom on the PC. It is brilliant and I use it for all my serious writing.

    • Craig says:

      All great ideas, but I have a PC. What is the Windows XP equivalent of WriteRoom? Any suggestions, other than getting a Mac?

    • Jen says:

      I love the new blog…and now have you on my Google homepage!

      I am another 4 am riser. For those who asked, I am usually in bed by 9pm. Typically, I will read until I start dozing off. I would say the latest I stay awake willingly would be 10 or so.

      I used to be a night owl, but the infancy of my youngest left me so sleep deprived I started dozing anywhere/anytime. Thing is, back then I averaged 3-4 sporadic hours a night on a good night…now even with the early wake up time I am getting more sleep than I have most of my adult life.

      However, I don’t recommend my method for becoming an early bird. I’ve heard the incremental 15 minutes is the most gentle way to do it.

    • degan says:

      wonderful new blog, I’m looking forward to it! this post was especially interesting to me, as I’ve just started getting up an hour earlier this week for the purpose of writing.

    • Charrise says:

      Fabulous post, with a few golden nuggets. The more my work seems like play, the earlier my body tells me to wake up! I am known to enjoy my sleep…so this is new for me. I love the idea of not checking mail, and you’ve inspired me to try it. I am committed to not blogging if I’m not inspired, so finding inspiration the night before and letting my subconscious do the work is a terrific way to get “un-stuck” in the morning! Thanks for the wisdom!


    • Jeff says:

      I just “Stumbled” across your blog. I must say that I agree in principle. I have found, however, that I do my most productive writing in the early afternoon.

      I work freelance in television and film, leaving me free to write during the day. As a contributor to, I try to post at least once per day. I go to my neighborhood bar (wi-fi enabled) and research, organize and publish within a few hours. All while enjoying one of my favorite beverages.

      When writing longer copy (generally ad scripts and screenplays), I usually need a bit more focus. Then I find a quieter place (a secluded restaurant table, a park bench, even home if I’m desperate).

      Some day I may have the self-discipline to write in the morning. Until then, I’ll just use that time to catch up on the news.

    • Blair says:

      To all of you 4AMers, what time do you go to sleep. I am a night owl, anyone make the shift. I love mornings, for me it is almost a strategic thing of being up before the rest of the west coast. But it has been hard to break my late night ways. Any help?

    • raymond says:

      I’ve been working on a piece on adoption after discovering, at age 50, that I was adopted at birth. Life has gotten in the way as has the research and the other writing I do for work. this site and this post has given me some grreat ideas aobut how to get started.


    • Jacinta says:

      I’m a Zen Habits reader, and want to thank you for starting another blog on writing! I already enjoy the articles posted and look forward to many more!


      My Link–
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    • Email is my problem too. I feel the urge to communicate. I really need a computer for writing and one for the internet to just get me away from temptation.

    • Gordon says:

      These are great tips and hopefully can help people try this effective technique… Me, however, I would love to get tips on how to write in the morning with the techniques of a silent, deadly ninja. I tried the a.m. writing routine for about 3 months and, inevitably, someone would wake up and break the spell.

      For me, the only time without interruption is late in the evening. Unfortunately that’s also when I like to catch up on The Wire on DVD or beat my high scores in Guitar Hero…

      Ah, the writing life.

    • Jan Polzer says:

      Hi Leo, you are absolutely right. I am seven years experienced writer and I must agree. The best time to write is early morning – no TV, no e-mails, no messenger messages, no phone calls…

    • Jessica says:

      I work full time as a writer for a computer trade journal, I have a personal blog about an entirely different topic, and I have a 6 month old baby and a 2.5 year old toddler. I’ve been thinking that getting up at 4 am might be the only way I’d ever get some of my other writing projects started, not to mention add exercise back into my life. (although I’m thinking about starting slow, setting the alarm back in 15 minute increments until I get to the point where I feel I have enough time)

      But with a 6 month old baby I am already sleep deprived. The idea of missing even more sleep is really really tough. I am getting wrinkles in the bags under my eyes.

      Leo, how much sleep do you get, and how do you cope with sleep deprivation?

    • To all you 4.00 am-ers, a reminder that 4.00 am has long been considered the ideal time to do life’s most sacred and productive stuff. The ancient yoga texts sometimes prescribe 4.00 am as the best time to do the critical asanas and meditation as that is the time the restful energies of the night come to their full restorative power and segue seamlessly into the rousing energies of the dawn. To summon anything within you, the ancients seem to be in unison about the wisdom of 4.00 am.

      Here’s wishing all you blessed souls a lifetime of very fulfilling 4.00 am’s.

    • Tao says:

      Sounds like hard work – what time to go to bed the night before?

      Thats the hard part!

    • Renato says:

      I liked the idea of writing tools without distractions. WordRoom is an excellent piece of software, but it only works for the Mac. If you’re running a pc try these:

      darkroom: A PC implementation of WordRoom that relies on the .NET environment.

      jdarkroom: An implementation of darkroom that runs on top of Java.

      Thanks Leo for everything that you do. Could you write a post about the technical process? Do you proofread in WordRoom. How about the layout or spellchecking?

    • Advise-Art says:

      Why not … i’ll try to write in the morning ! … but … AFTER MY BREAKFAST !!!!

    • Justin says:

      Ooh, the one about writing before checking email hurt. But you’re right. I like the idea of getting up and, first thing, spending my time writing before anything else happens. Great post!

    • randomStew says:

      I also follow the formula of digesting research overnight before writing the next morning. However, I usually create a draft and don’t publish until late evening when I’ve had a chance to review/edit the post with new eyes.

    • Mike says:

      B. F. Skinner followed this schedule his entire life. He published hundreds of articles and dozens of books. He is also considered the most influential psychologist of all time.

    • I completely agree with you, mate. I used to try to work on comics after I got home from my job, but that always meant I was exhausted by the time I sat down to my tablet. My artistic productivity doubled the first time I tried drawing first thing in the morning before I went to my job, though. It was a huge eye opener for me!

    • Prisca says:

      Thanks you so much for pointing the Zen readers over to this blog. I’m dissertating right now (or at least attempting to) and I am so thankful for your comments. I’m struggling to write while working part-time and taking care of our two little girls. Your tips give me hope! Perhaps I CAN finish this up.

    • Yanik says:

      Hi Leo,

      I’ve definitely struggled with finding my “zone” so to speak and although your advice about being an early riser made perfect sense, I’ve resisted it for the longest time. I’m a night owl you see… But I’ve realized that although designing and painting in the moonlight was wonderful, writing as I welcome the sunrise is much more appropriate.

      Thanks for the great tips for eliminating distractions… Method and persistence are my keywords for 2008.

    • Myrthe says:

      I also prefer writing in the mornings, though not _that_ early. I don’t work full-time and I have a lot of freedom in deciding when I go to work, so I decided to get up at my normal time, but leave for work at 10:30am. Of the time in between getting up and leaving for work I schedule 1-2 hours as writing time. The evening before I already decide what I will write the next morning and that does make it easier to sit down and write.

    • I’ve been getting up at about 4am for the past three weeks now and I’ve been amazed at what a productive time of day it is. And since it’s kind of like bonus time, there’s no pressure either. Would definitely recommend everyone try it and see what you can get done with an extra few hours in the morning.

    • Great post. I’ve taken 12 months off to focus on my writing as I can’t seem to hold the urges down anymore.

      From 4.30 a.m onwards my thinking is clear and bright, the ideas flow easily and effortlessly and my creativity is at a peak.

      The house is still and quiet and its my private writing time.

      Thanks for the extra tips as sometimes I simply sit at my computer and wait for the inspiration to flow.


      Carole Fogarty

    • I have been trying to post three times a week, but time is not on my side. I haven’t tried to write in the morning, but I’ll give it a shot.

      — Jason Simon
      think open, think different

    • I found your Zen Habits blog inspiring and am excited about this one. I am beginning the process of shopping around my first novel to literary agents.

      I’ve been thinking about this exact thing – the benefits of waking up early (and not letting anyone know that you wake up early, that way it really is your own time). I was writing a post on this for my own blog for next week and and will be linking to your post now.

    • Ever since I changed from a night owl to an early bird I do my writing in the early morning as well (I get up at 5:00 am). I love it for the quietness as you describe, both outside as well as in my head.

      I’m definitely going to follow up on your tips about choosing the topic and doing research the night before. I recognize the distractions coming from researching while writing very much, and it hinders the smooth flow of writing.

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