Some days we feel sleep calling, or we just don’t want to get out of bed, or maybe we can’t get started easily. Those days happen. Our alarms peel us from sleep with a harshness we can’t fully describe, and our bodies rebel by being disoriented. It happens. Life is full of ups and downs.
It’s important to stick with it, though. We may not be as productive, and that’s okay. We may feel sluggish and have trouble getting going. Have some self compassion on those days and do what you can. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.
Today I could have pulled the covers back over myself and hidden from the world, sneaking a few hours more sleep. No, instead I got myself up, did my morning routine, and plunked myself down in front of my computer to write anyways.
To my pleasant surprise, I actually wrote really well on my one story. The other one is at a point where I need to let ideas come to me, and a tired day is not the time for that to happen. I still have a good handle on the story and what will generally happen, but I have some plotting details to sort out.
Either way, I got up, and I got going. Being that self-directed can be hard for many people. There’s no boss to threaten us with being fired. There’s no direct incentive to get up early at all. I could sleep in and write later in the day. Nothing is stopping me. Well, almost nothing.
My routine works. I’ve always been able to get up and write at least 2 000 words at a minimum, and usually I do that much on each story, sometimes more. I have the rest of the day to pursue any activity that I desire, from other work to leisure time. I know I do my best writing first thing, and getting up on time every day helps me feel better almost every day.
I know I’m really a writer when I willingly get up and get going, despite sleep calling. I can nap later if I choose, though I keep it short and guard my night time sleep jealously. Paying attention to my sleep is the single best way to look after my health, followed by eating properly.
So, are you a motivated morning writer? Maybe you’re one of those people who really does work best in the evenings or at night. Whatever works for you, make a plan and stick to it. It’ll help. Happy writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.