I think that to become a good writer it’s important to write not only when the literary mood strikes you, but every day. Discipline is crucial, especially when it comes to writing a novel, which requires much editing and rewriting, both painstaking tasks.
I work on Oliver Colors’ biography in the morning, just after I wake up. I begin at around 7:30 and write for three to four hours. I do not let anything distract me, except romantic thoughts involving married women.
It took me a while to make morning writing a daily habit, but I have succeeded, and now I joyously flutter to my desk every morning, as constant as the sun.
Writing has become a process my body requires for its proper functioning, like eating, drinking, or sleeping.
I should mention that to get where I am now I have made use of my door lock many times and with great success,vexing the other people in the house. I have no regrets.
The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning. ~Anne Tyler
By writing in the morning I can give Oliver’s biography my best hours, when my mind is clear and fresh. Also, it means that I write something everyday before any distraction appear. (Most distractions tend to occur after noon.)
At first I used to write in the evening, and read in the morning. Evening writing was not bad, but I was often tired by the time I sat at my desk to write. Sometimes unexpected incidents occurred during the day, and I had less time for writing than I expected.
Now I go to sleep every night without regrets because I know I made some progress during the day.
I don’t write only in the morning. There are Saturdays and Sundays when I write all day long. And everyday I try to write as much as I can, and often do it for six hours or more. Eleven sometimes. I see my morning writing sessions as the most important though.
The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes. ~Agatha Christie
Most people go to work after they wake up. When you write in the morning you make writing your work.
To become an author, I think that it’s important to make writing seem like work. In this way you treat it with respect and make more room for it in your life.
(This is an old post edited and republished.)