I find that early morning is the best time for me to write, for whatever reason I am at my most creative. Hemingway was a morning person, he wrote one perfectly lucid paragraph every morning before his hangover kicked in and started him drinking again. I’m not alluding to myself as being anything like Earnest as an author, only that we share a spiritual affinity for morning writing sessions. I can relate to the hangover syndrome and am very happy that I haven’t gone that way for many years now. Hemingway couldn’t write well while imbibing, he knew it, and didn’t. That false muse never did anything for me either.
When I’m ‘in the groove’ of a new work I find that it takes on a life of its own and demands to be heard. New idea’s, concepts, relationships, perfect words and phrases sometimes wake me or keep me awake, I’ve trained myself to get up and write them down so that I capture the essence of the dream, braindump or nightmare, whichever it may be. I review the idea’s in the morning and either use them that day or file them away for later insertion. An unbroken nights sleep is worth less to me than a great idea or killer turn of phase.