Let’s say you’re a morning person. With your first cup of coffee in hand, you sit down at your computer. It’s 6:45 AM. You’re writing a romance and you’re writing a scene where the two are getting back together after two months apart. You struggle to know what each is thinking. She’s arriving on a flight from Europe.
The scene comes into your mind. You type fast, maybe 400 words, but then the alarm rings. It’s 7:00 AM, time to go to work.
Breakfast, the trip to work – you’re in the airport, with the man, waiting for that plane. There’s a few gaps during the day, and you jot down what he’s thinking, then what she’s thinking. 400 words times 365 days = 146,000 words, way more than you need for a novel
At the beginning of every creative writing class, I ask everyone to introduce themselves. A woman said she was an elementary school teacher, and she had four children. I thought to myself that the woman had almost no time to write.
“I get up at 4:45 every morning and write for an hour. I’ve been doing this for four years. I’ve never had a class in writing, and I haven’t tried to market anything. In fact, I haven’t even edited my work yet, but my stories come alive for me early in the morning.”
The woman’s hour of writing produced some of the best writing I’ve ever seen.
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