Each morning I take the bus into work. It's about a 45 minute ride, and since I have to get up horridly early (6:45 is when I leave to catch the bus) to show up on time., it's a pretty dark ride until the very end. Yet, something about waking up in the early morning hour and sitting crammed in a bus seat, inspires me.
I've not considered myself an early morning person before, until I absolutely had to be, and wondered what the appeal of early morning writing was.
I put together a list of top 5 reasons why I like writing in the morning and I wonder if any of you can relate.
1) Nothing too awful has happened yet.
Unless I'm under the mellow spell of a glass of wine, if something crummy has happened in my day, it's hard for me to turn my brain off at night long enough to enter the realm of imagination. I'm usually obsessing, ranting, figuring out how to solve the problem or whatnot.
If it's early in the morning and I'm barely awake enough to register anything yet, it's the perfect time for me to use that creative muscle. This is a major reason why I don't install work email onto my phone. God help me if I read an annoying or worrisome email and it's 10:30 pm at night. Goodbye sleep.
The first appeal of writing in the morning is that nothing awful has happened. Nothing has gotten in the way of the creative process.
2) A dream filled night can inspire me.
I love when I dream vividly. Like the kind of dream I'll think about throughout the day. And because of this, my dream filled mind can inspire the story I'm working on and nudge the plot along or add a bizarre element that only a dream can throw in there.
3) It inspires the rest of the day.
Writing makes me happy. If I can start my day with something that makes me happy, I'm starting things out on the right foot. I will also feel more ready and confident to go back to that same story later on in the day, no matter what happens.
And since I rarely get rejected before 8 am, this is a good thing.
4) My mind is more open and less critical.
I don't think my inner critic likes to wake up early. I'm pretty certain it doesn't wake up until about 8 o'clock. When I'm writing early in the morning, I don't hear those awful thoughts that say this piece of writing isn't any good and that I really should work on something else. I'm much more at peace with my writing and the process.
5) I think the sunrise is my muse.
Something about watching the sky go from a dreary dark color to the beautiful array only the sunrise inspires me.
What time of day do you write best? What about that time inspires you?