M.A. Wohl

Writer on a Quest

It’s about mood.

Right now, I’m in the mood to do nothing at all but writing, talk about writing and read, so I can talk about how other writers write.

I know.

I agree.

I need to get out of my house.

Early morning « Wake at 5 am to write » writing session

Before I had a kiddo, I would wake up around 4:30 am, get myself a giant steaming mug of tea and draft.
I did that for three months, until I finished it.

To this day, it is the messiest draft I’ve come up with. A draft I’m still revising to this day, actually.
That’s how much I want those characters to live outside of my head!

After having a kiddo, for a long while, being able to sleep two hours in a row was a huge victory.
For all that long while, I didn’t write at all. I couldn’t muster the energy to think about anything that was not related to my kiddo well-being.

Now, kiddo sleep at night.

But!

Waking up at 4:30am-5am has been the norm around here for so long, I’m now used to it.
And I like it!

I like to be able to wake up in my own headspace, in my own thoughts and start drafting, or editing, revising, re-writing.
Everything is so quiet still, dark and just cold enough to wrap a blanket around your shoulder.

I really like it, but I don’t force myself to wake up at 5am to write. My planned writing session are still occurring during the evenings.

Early evening writing time

I will sound like a heartless mother, but being able to write after kiddo goes to bed at night is my favorite time of the day.

For an hour and a half, very rarely two full hours (I would always regret it the next morning since we’re waking up before dawn), I write.
Ends the early evening writing time.
I never draft at night. Because sometimes I get caught up in the action, lose myself in the story (I looove when this happens because it’s not happening all that often!) and then, I don’t enough sleep, or I can’t fall asleep because that last scene was too much fun to write and I want to get to the kissing scene!!!

When I can’t find the strength to motivate myself to be productive, or to write, I found a new thing to help.
Because, now that I’ve planned more time to not write, I can’t afford to miss out on writing time like I did last December. Both metaphorically and bank account – y.
What helps these days is I go write along with fellow writers on live writing sessions AuthorTuber’s setup.
They do sprint writing, but I simply keep writing throughout the live video thing. And I leave before the end, otherwise, I have weiiird dreams you guys and gals, holy darntini!

Ultimately, I end all my early evening sessions by myself, just because I want to fully reconnect with the writing by my alone self flow.

Writers friends, now I say good night, before it’s past my bedtime.

Thanks for reading!

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