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Week 15 – The Right Time to Write

It’s 9:45 in the evening. I’m sitting at my computer to write about time and the writing process. I usually don’t write around this time of the day. At this hour you can usually find me checking my e-mails or watching the news on Cable, a show on HBO or a San Francisco Giants baseball game.

Why are you writing at this late hour?

“Who are you?”

It doesn’t matter who I am. Just answer my question.

“The reason I’m writing now is that I have a strong itch to write. I have something of great importance to tell all writers about the best time of the day to write.

What’s the best time of the day to write?

“You should know the answer to that.”

If you have something to say, then say it. Don’t toy with me.

“OK, OK. I was sitting at my desk all afternoon, dawdling, dozing off at times, not knowing exactly what I wanted to say about time and the writing process, but I knew I had to write something because today is Tuesday, and I promised myself to write an essay about the writing process every Tuesday for a whole year. I was going to–”

Say it already!


The best time of the day to write is:

Any time of the day is the best time to write. It could be early in the morning, after lunch, after dinner, after midnight–any time is always the right time to write.”

Is that all you have to say?

“Just one more thing. Of course any time of the day is the right time to write, but I think it’s best to write around some certain time so you can get a rhythm or habit going.”