In college, I assumed that writing happened at night, since that’s when we weren’t in class, and anyway didn’t the writers we studied work then?
I aged early, however, and by graduate school, I realized that I’m just more lucid in the mornings, and less likely to forgive myself for being too tired or underinspired.
I still keep an early schedule — with a small child, I have no choice — but my mornings now are most emphatically for family time, and I’m no longer going straight from my bed to my desk, like I did before. So I’ve been experimenting with writing at night… not late at night, as I did before (I could barely make it to 11:00 on a low-key New Year’s Eve with fellow parents), but in the few quiet hours after my son goes to bed. It’s an uneven time, but it seems like a decent compromise given the constraints.
What’s your best time of day for writing?