The dogs woke me up well before the sun this morning, and once I let them out, I crawled back into bed to doze for a little while. (Is there anything so luxurious as that half hour in the gloaming, curled in the warmth and the quiet?) Without distractions, my sleep-fresh brain spun out the answers to 4 of 5 nagging plot snags I’ve been dealing with, plus offered a good solid skeleton for a new book.
All in about twenty minutes. Still not sure about one plot point, but it’s very small, so it doesn’t matter.
This is why I personally should never, ever get on the internet or check email or turn on television news before I do my pages for the day. I once wrote an entire book on spec by setting the alarm at 5:30 so I could write on it before my boys woke up for school. Then I’d cook their breakfast, send them off, and go to work on the book that was under deadline.
Not everyone likes early morning. My mother says it makes her sick to her stomach to be awake before the sun, and stays up very late at night. So do my children. Have you ever experimented with your most productive times? Do you know when your brain is most alert?