The Ideal Time

Do you have a favourite time of day or night to write? A period where your energy is at its peak? Most writers have a time of day they favour for writing; sometimes it’s dictated by routine, other times its just impulse. My favourite time is in the morning. I enjoy the peace of the dawn, before the day swells into a storm of phone calls, work, errands, friends and family. The morning feels like it belongs to me, my coffee, my notebook and my keyboard. There is a freshness in the unsullied beginning of a new day that stimulates me. I wake buoyed with vitality brought on by the lingering images of a fading dream or that exhilarating brain wave that woke me in the middle of the night. At the beginning of each new day, I am inspired with the promise of new discoveries.

I will always take advantage of any time I have to write, night or day, but it’s in the mornings where I have my most creative spells.



  1. Daniel Ionson on January 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    This is something I am working on changing about myself. I am naturally drawn to writing at night. I need to push this back so that I can get more done.

    • J.G. Chayko on January 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Daniel,
      I know lots of night writers…and if you have to be up in the morning for work, there’s not much sleeping going on 😉 I think if you take it slow and push back a little at a time, you’ll get to a place that works, but don’t give up those inspiring moments.

  2. Kev on February 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Mine is usually around 2-4 in the morning when I cannot sleep.

    • J.G. Chayko on February 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Yes, Kev, sometimes I do get up in the middle of the night to write, especially if I think I’m going to lose the idea come morning 🙂

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J.G. Chayko is a writer, actress, and international arthritis advocate who’s been involved in theatre for more than 30 years and has published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.