A Time of One's Own.


What it is, is very simple: Nobody will bother you at five in the morning.

Life today is very busy, full, and regimented. The pace is quick, and the busy schedules of children and partners often overlap our own at less than convenient times. So how do you find a time to focus, to sink into your writing, and to transport yourself to that state in which you are immersed in the creative process? It's not easy... at first.

I’m not, traditionally, a morning person. That, at any rate, has been my mantra for many years. In truth, it is more likely my previous habit of going to sleep very late that caused my mornings to be less than stellar. My child solved that for me; nothing like falling asleep beside my daughter at 7pm to cause a wake-up, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at four thirty on a Sunday morning! Now that I’ve done that enough to produce a habit from it, I find I wake up quite early, refreshed and ready to create something. Waking at 6am feels a bit like sleeping in now.

This strange turn of events has brought with it a revelation of the simplest kind. No one will bother you at five in the morning. If you write later in the day, or on your lunch break, or after everyone else has taken care of their needs and nodded off to sleep, you risk losing writing time to distraction, or to your own need for rest. This risk will not always be realised; many days you will get your quota of time or words in, your books will get written, your edits hammered into the fabric of your work — but not all of the time.

Some days will bring with them a break in the writing. This can be minor, a simple loss of an hour or two of productivity, but it can also be subtly more serious, a loss in the train of thought, in the habitual inspiration a story needs in its initial rendering, or worse, a loss of the thread entirely — a break in the creative current.

There are some for whom writing takes precedent over family, other work, and for them this is perhaps a non-issue, but for me, I want to heed my daughter’s call for attention, or my wife’s call for support or help in what she’s up to, and I want to fulfill my own responsibilities unhindered by the distraction of my writing drive. None of these need be sacrificed for the other.

You may be different, I only speak from my own experience here, but if you are struggling with regular, daily completion of your writing goals, perhaps this one bit of truth can help you leave those worries behind and take on instead that feeling of living the entirety of each day in a state of satisfaction and accomplishment:

                Nobody will bother you at five in the morning.

Jeff SpenceComment