I have one particular writing nemesis, and that’s the time change.
Every year at around this time — when it’s getting dark at 7p and earlier — my writing suffers. I write in the evening, after coming home from work, but now, the encroaching darkness tricks my brain into thinking it’s bedtime. I can’t possibly write right now. Not enough time, not enough time…
I think I read somewhere that the cold and the dark are what triggered the idea for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) to happen in November. Now that Halloween is over, what else are we writers going to do?
Yet as the nights have grown longer in the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a downswing in my productivity. I cannot even imagine trying to drag 300 words out of my brain right now, let alone 1600+. Better to slowly get used to writing after sunset again, until sweet, sweet Daylight Savings Time rolls back around.
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One thought on “Writing Life: Time Change”
I was picking up a kid from somewhere at 5ish last night and I said, geez, it feels almost like bedtime, it’s already dark! Argh.
I’m fortunate to be able to work/write in the mornings, because I am too fogged, tired, distracted at night to write then. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, I just prefer mornings.
Good luck! Maybe it’s just a matter of developing a new habit. 😉