What's your most productive time of day?
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I just finished reading an article by Sherry Ma Belle Arietta Russ, (http://writesparks.com/ws-lite-followups/fws-64.php) about the most productive time for writing. She starts by asking the question “What time of the day do you write best or are most productive?” Well, for me that would be from 3:00 am to about 8:00 am. It is also the absolute worst time for a lazy person like me to respond to an alarm clock.
The last six weeks have been packed with house remodeling, land clearing, putting up siding and wallboard and such. Needless to say, I've willingly used the “I've worked hard today and am exhausted.” excuse to turn off the alarm when it shrills its nasty command to wake up and get busy writing.
As each day has passed, the guilt factor has moved up another notch. I missed posting to my blogs in June, inexcusable, and stalled out on chapter six of the rewrite of my novel. The good news is that I can't stay away from writing forever. Derelictions may occur from time to time but in the end the joy of communication, of creating characters, of inventing situations that make the Perils of Pauline pale, comes winging its way back with a vengeance.
Needless to say, I'm back. My characters have chastised me for leaving them to waste away in the desert while I hid out in work and my blogs have somewhat forgiven me for being so tardy. I'd like to think that it will never happen again but...
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Long Story Short:http://www.alongstoryshort.net/
Fantasy Gazetteer: http://www.fantasygazetteer.com/
My Writing Friend: writingfriend@yahoo
Linda Barnett-Johnson: http://lindabarnettjohnson.homestead.com/
Pindersoft's Writers Project Organizer: http://www.pindersoft.com/wpo.htm
StorYBook 2.1.11 http://storybook.intertec.ch/joomla/
Nick Daws Writers Circle: Nick Daw's Writer's Circle.
J.D.Vine Publishing: http://www.jdvine/com/index.html
Tennessee Writers Alliance: http://www.tn-writers.org/
USA Patriotism, Poetry: http://www.usa-patriotism.com/
Poynter 30 Writer's Tips: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=78&aid=103943
Idea Cruncher: http://www.ideacruncher.com
Auto Crit: Automatic manuscript checker: http://www.autocrit.com/
Word Web download :http://www.wordweb.info/
I’ll be adding to the above list as time goes on and I find more newbie friendly sites.
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