Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for Early: Worms Don't Sleep in, Y'all

It's fitting that I'm beginning to write this post at 4:31 on a Saturday morning, because E is for early. 

For me, the hours before the world wakes up are the best writing hours. They're also the best coffee-drinking hours, and luckily the two go hand-in-hand. I'm not sure why early morning works so well for me. Maybe it's because there are fewer distractions, or perhaps it's simply that I'm a glutton for punishment, but I truly like this time. I look forward to it each night as I'm going to sleep (which is usually before nine, by the way).

I often hear from people who say they would write if only they could find the time. My gentle reminder to them (and my point in sharing this with you) is that you have to make the time. Writing early in the morning is a habit I got into when I was working full-time and writing on the side. It worked so well that I never dropped the habit. But it doesn't matter when you make the time, all that matters is that you do. So go find your early, writers!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to my worms. Er... words.

Give me a break. It's early. ;)


  1. Early works for me too. I try to stay up till 9.. or I wake a bit too early! Not sure I have any worms to get back to..

  2. "Not sure I have any worms to get back to.." - You and me both, Lynne!

  3. Writing with coffee sounds like a dangerous combination. :) I do my thing in the early, quiet hours, too. Sometimes with coffee, and sometimes after a quick bike ride providing a burst of oxygen feeding my brain.

  4. "Find your early"! Love that. I'm often at my best in the late afternoon, and while I'm working part time, my early is before dinner.

  5. I've tried the early bird writing shift - all I do is spill coffee and blink. I'm more of a night owl. Waving from the A to Z!

  6. Love it! And here I thought I was being ambitious by getting up at 7:00!

  7. Thanks for joining in the discussion, all! Have a great week. :)

  8. I'm a night writer for sure! I do my best writing when I can't sleep. It's a great release and it really calms me down.

    Michelle @ In Media Res