I just finished a post on Dorothea Brande’s sure way for stuck writers to rediscover writing fluency, in which I suggested that people should write in the morning immediately upon waking.
The time might not be as important as the goal of catching your brain when it’s somewhere between slumber and wakefulness—when it could still be close to the dream state, and creative ideas easily jump from your head to the keyboard.
But just in case, your circadian rhythms make you an early bird, you’re not alone.
Here are thirteen famous writers, who got to work as the sun rose.
Sylvia Plath clocked in at 4:00 a.m.
Toni Morrison, Katherine Anne Porter, and Jack London routinely showed up at 5:00 a.m.
Kurt Vonnegut punched in half an hour a later—at 5:30 a.m.,
While Graham Greene, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway and Edith Wharton followed at 6:00 a.m.
Johann Wolfgang got going at 7: 00 a.m.
Flannery 0’Connor showed up at 8:00 a.m.
Ray Bradbury, and C.S. Lewis started writing at 9:00 a.m. (Johnson 2013 59).
Have you tried Dorothea Brande’s morning minutes? Do you write before the sun rises? Or are you more of a night owl? If so, you’re not alone. Click here to find night-writers like yourself. And if you’d like to learn more about the quirks of well-known authors, check out Odd Type Writers, by Celia Blue Johnson.
Johnson, Celia Blue. Odd Type Writers: from Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors. Penguin Group, 2013.