Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Easy Writer



There's a book out about the habits of successful writers. Turns out, near the top of the list, almost all famous writers write their best stuff before the sun rises.

So I set the alarm for 5 this morning. And when it rang, though I didn't get out of bed or even move much at all, I'm pretty sure that while reaching for the SNOOZE, I had many thoughts -- more than two, maybe four. All of which included several nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

We'll try this experiment again, at some later date. After I've rested.


25 comments:

  1. Good start. Thanks--you made my morning.

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  2. You made mine, too. I rarely laugh before noon.

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  3. Don't rush, it's something you should work up to gradually.

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  4. I, clearly, am incapable of making such a sacrifice.

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  5. Lol...I can well imagine a few of those words...

    I won't claim to be a great writer, but that IS when I choose to do my morning pages, aka journaling, and if I'm going to have any insights that's usually when they'll occur.

    I envy you your ability to roll over and go back to sleep. Sleep has not been a trusted friend for me lately...*yawn*...

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  6. I think freeways are the real location for revelation - see? and it even rhymes

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  7. You're texting while driving again, aren't you, PA?

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  8. I''ve tried that and it didn't work. I'm still a lousy unfamous writer. Maybe a combo would work for me; before dawn, on the john, out on the lawn (the freeway would work too, nobody's on it I could pull up a chair and pad in the center lane).


    You can write at three or you could write for me but ya doesn't hafta write for free.

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  9. If I wake you up at three
    Will you write something for me.
    If I wake you up by four
    Will you write a little more?
    For when I wake you up at eight,
    Seems it's getting way too late.
    Get up, get up, it's almost ten,
    Nearly time to sleep again.


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  10. PA, you remind me of the story Elizabeth Gilbert told about Tom Waits: his muse visited him on the freeway and he yelled at it, "Damn you, can't you show up when I'm at home sitting at the piano?"

    I think the best writers are the ones who sit down at the desk and write. At least I hope so because I'll do that, but I won't do it at 5AM.

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  11. Was that a 2am poem?

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  12. You did say "almost" all the best writers get up early. That means some don't. Like maybe Patrizzi (whose lawn might rival the one down the street from yours, having a john on the lawn and all).

    As for me, well, I've seen plenty of sunrises on my way to bed, and I've long maintained that intelligent life before 9AM is a myth promulgated by those who wish to go home early. No insult intended to anyone here, of course. And no one ever said I'm a great writer, so I can be excused for that attitude, right?

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  13. Karin, you made my day too!

    The photo is fantastic. What a view!

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  14. I wouldn't bother. Too many people running around giving unsolicited advice or sharing The V. Best Practices by The V. Best People.

    Early to rise -- what a cringe-worthy idea, sure to bring on drudgery and miserable mornings. Seems to me that inspiration comes when it will. I can't say I've been much inspired under stress, including but not limited to insufficient sleep or much-too-early wake-ups. Rather, I'm most likely to be at my best when I'm relaxed and feeling like raising a ruckus.

    Besides, sometimes the best sleep comes after five. Who'd want to miss out on that?




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  15. No one? That's ok, more bandwidth for me.

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  16. OK, enough already! We who rise pretty early are not 2nd class citizens, nor do we lack humor or mischief. We do urge the rest of you to stay abed because that leaves us with a less cluttered world in which to do whatever we can until we run out of steam and spend the afternoon in a book, bird gazing, or waiting for the sun to get over the yardarm.

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  17. I've never been an early riser (except when forced to). I find the creative things and best conversations happen late at night.

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  18. On the occasions when I can't get a writing project done and just need to go to bed, I set the alarm for 4 a.m. (really) because Starbucks in Hastings Ranch opens at 4:30. I take my laptop there (I'm usually the only customer in the joint at that hour) and work away with a cup of tea. The distractions of home aren't there and I sail through it. It's miraculous! By the way, when the alarm goes off, I rarely use nouns and verbs. Expletives: definitely.

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  19. If you run into someone at Starbucks, Ann, it's probably Doris.

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  20. I am writer. But never make it out of bed til 4pm. I guess all hope is lost...

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  21. Perhaps they just stayed up past dawn...you can always sleep during the day...
    (that would be my preference!)

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  22. Mostly because I wanted some quite time to write, I used to do this. It not only sucked getting up that early, I also didn't ever write anything worth a darn then. It wasn't just getting up so early, it was also that darn "thunk" "thunk" "thunk" noise of thrown newspapers landing on sidewalks and driveways.
    I did find out one thing though, the earlier you get to the donut shop, the better and warmer the donuts are.

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