Long Haul Writing
Last night was one of those nights I haven’t had in a while — one where I did nothing but write (and a bit of research) from about 10 p.m. until 6 the next morning. I put up a pretty decent word count — 5500 words on one project, about 1000 on another. They’re the kinds of nights I wish I had more often.
Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to put in that amount of work if I had to work today. I try to get a bit done every night, but on weekends (especially long weekends), I know I don’t have to be up early the next day, and I can really hit a groove.
These are the kinds of nights where I feel like I could write novels for a living. And that would be great, if someone wanted to pay me for them. But these long-haul nights often turn out to be some of my best work, and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because I get to focus on nothing else but putting together a good story.
Or, who knows. Might be aliens.
When do you do your best work? What conditions do you consider ideal?