It’s five in the morning. Coffee is brewed and I’m at the writing desk. And to be honest with you, aside from this blog I’m not sure what I intend to write. So why am I here? Cause writers write, god damn it. And to do that, I need to put my butt in the chair and my finger on my keys.
Between work, family, friends, and other obligations, it’s difficult to justify locking myself away and playing make-believe when others are awake. So I found my own time and my own place. And this time and place? It’s sacred. No interruptions. No distractions. No other business can take place aside from writing business. And it works!
Do I always get enough sleep this way? Do I sometimes show up at my nine to five job bleary-eyed and yawning? Are there mornings when I get up and just stare dumbly at the screen for fifteen minutes waiting for my brain to catch up with my body and wake up? Absolutely. But here’s the thing. I like writing, so I do it. Not just when I feel like it and not just on the weekdays. I’ve made a habit, and I’ve come to really enjoy it.
So here I am, five AM, only lit by the pale glow of the monitor, coffee coolly, familiar lyricless music in my ear, fingers on the keyboard. And I have a certain amount of faith that my brain will think of things worth putting down and at some distant time in the future, readers will be inclined to read it. If it wasn’t for this routine, that wouldn’t happen.
I know there’s many other members of the #5AMWritersClub. Are there any night owls out there? Let me hear from you guys. What is your writing routine?