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What time of day works best for you to write?

What time of the day is writing more productive for you? I ask for this reason. In an interview online, I wrote that I tend to write in the afternoon. I wait until I finish my errands and chores. A comment by a follower mentioned that she had not heard of a writer writing in the afternoon before. The owner of the site agreed.

That got me thinking. It is practical for me. I never considered writing first thing in the morning if it isn’t NaNoWriMo. It is hard for me to concentrate on writing if I have an errand, the fridge needs cleaning, laundry sorted, my animals cleaned, and more.

So, when do you write? When the mood hits me or when I have free time works for me.

Could I be more productive earlier? Yes, for again NaNoWriMo, if I want to win. I always want to win. I will get up early in the morning to get my word count. If I wait until the afternoon, it might not happen. Happily, I have attempted NaNo and have won all three times.

Apart from that, I tend to put it on hold until time presents itself.

If nothing comes on to write on toward a WIP, I will blog, or do something, anything, that goes toward writing, whether that is marketing, working on my social media platform, and more.

But everyone is different. What works for you is what matters at the end of the day.

Best of luck.

Have you always called yourself a writer?

When you began your writing career, was it hard to say that you were an author? It could be to oneself. Or it could be saying it out loud to other people.

I know for me, it was. My writing group had quite a few who thought like me. No matter how many times the group leader tried to convince us, it was not working. One day she wrote on the board a rule for the group. We were not allowed to say we were not authors/writers.

We laughed. Our group leader did not.

I felt unless I had something published, I had no right to make that claim. It turned out that others felt this way, and others still do.

And it was not until I became a freelance writer and published author did I make that claim to myself and the world.

And this is a shame. I know writers who write for pure pleasure and are OK if they never get published. They call themselves writers. I have a writer friend who will stop once her book is published. She is content with that prospect. She calls herself a writer.

Yet on the other side of the coin, I know authors who don’t have this issue. For them, they are writers from the get-go, and nothing will stop them from saying so.

Experiences in our lives mold what we think and do. What works for one does not work for the other.

I wish the singularity that binds authors together would be us all calling ourselves authors and saying it to others.

Is everything you write gold?: Ah, no

Not everything we write is good. Cleaning my office recently, I found manuscripts in various states of completion.

No matter how much I want these projects to make it to the end zone, these WIPs are not worthy. I should chuck them into the trashcan, yet I am unable.

Why do we hold on to these? Why does it feel we are giving a part of ourselves into the trash can?

It all started for me when I began writing. Each word was hard-earned. Removing sentences, paragraphs, and more was something I fought my critique group repeatedly.

One night, the group told me I needed to get rid of two complete chapters.

I looked at my friend Lisa. I remembered something she said. If she disagreed with them, she would nod and let it pass.

Taking a page out of her book, I nodded, knowing that there was no way I was getting rid of two whole chapters. My publisher agreed with me.

It takes quite a bit of time and effort to complete a manuscript. It does not always flow. We will go through many revisions before presenting it to a critique group. Issues we will fight against or for as what should stay or go.

To come across a WIP that I know isn’t going anywhere is not always easy to accept. To get rid of a manuscript, regardless of how long or short, is hard for me.

But I know there are at least two I will shred. I have no desire to work on these manuscripts, little time to do so, and frankly, they are crap.