Writer Wednesday: 4am Success

No, not me. I don’t get up at 4am, but some successful writers have.

earlyriser2Auden, Hugo, and others woke at 4am

Vonnegut and Angelou woke around 5am.

Milton and others at 6.

Sadly, I’m more along the lines of Stephen King, I like to be in my writing chair by 8 with a cup of tea; however, if I wake up earlier or later, it doesn’t mean I waste time. I get my rear in that chair – inspiration or no inspiration. Sometimes I start writing and don’t stop until hunger threatens; sometimes I stare at a blank page forcing words to lay down.

Occasionally, I consider attempting this 4am lifestyle. But I wonder how effective I’d be for the earlierriser3rest of my day. I’d have to change my thinking first – about sleep and the lack thereof. I value a good night’s sleep.

However, it’s true – 4am – no disruptions, no appointments, no phones ringing, no neighbors knocking on your door. 4am does have it’s benefits.

It’s not imperative to get up early (although studies show earlier risers are generally happier!); it is paramount to have a routine. Mine works best when I roll out of bed, make tea, shove open the curtains, and start writing.

What works best for you?

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About Noreen Lace

Originally from the Midwest, Noreen Lace received an MFA from California State University where she now teaches. She believes in the beauty of language to express the darkness in life. She is the author of two novellas, West End and Life of Clouds, as well as a book of short stories. Here in the Silence. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in national as well as international journals, including The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, The Oleander Review, Vine Leaves Press (Australia), Silver Stream Journal (Ireland), Pilcrow and Dagger, Fishfood, and others. "Memorial Day Death Watch," a memoir of her father's passing, placed as a finalist in Writer Advice, while her poem, "All at Once," was published as a finalist in Medusa's Laugh Contest issue. More work is always in progress.
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2 Responses to Writer Wednesday: 4am Success

  1. I feel like every single time I write down my routine in comment or interview, everything changes. But right now, I get up at 6:00 and make sure I’m ready for writing by 8:00 at the latest. I try to write until noon. Since I picked up a second job, I know I’ll have to have lunch, shower, and get done with any leisure reading and chores before 2:30. My choice to write for 4+ hours doesn’t leave a lot of time for much else, but the truth is, I would like to add a little more writing time than this current schedule allows. I want to get back down to one traditional job and, ultimately, write full time with no traditional jobs attached.

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    • Noreen Lace says:

      Mine changes every semester with my classes, but I do try to write every day and try to get up early to do it. Someday, I may have to try the 4am.I’m wondering if those writers took naps or went to bed at 8pm. 🙂

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