Mornings For Creative Writers

Mornings for creative writers can be difficult. Here are some tips for jump-starting your day, whether you plenty of time to spare or no time at all.

´╗┐Mornings are not always the easiest time for writers, but for some they are the only chance to write. Breaking through the haze can be difficult. A strong cup of coffee is not always enough.

Checking your email first thing in the morning provides several opportunities through free subscriptions. Anything that gets your brain going is good here. Daily quotations can be a good way to start. These are available on many topics - quotes specifically for writers, quotes about

living, just about any subject that may interest you. Some quote subscriptions have discussion questions related to the quotation to help get you thinking. Also available by email are news subscriptions. These usually provide headlines with links to the full story. This can work better than conventional news, because it allows you to choose what stories you will be saturated with, rather than sitting through subjects that put you back to sleep. Email discussion groups can provide some pressure-free interaction on any subject that you may wish to discuss. An



unimaginable variety of newsletters are also available.

If you are one of the lucky, yet tormented, few who wake up bursting with great ideas, write them down immediately. If this means keeping a notebook stashed in the bathroom, do it! A few quick notes are often enough to refresh your memory later. If you do not have time for this, try getting up five or ten minutes earlier. That should be enough time to write down your ideas. A dream journal is a great way to get started. This often means waking in the night and jotting down notes about your dreams. Reviewing these notes and typing up everything you can remember about your dreams first thing in the morning can generate lots of ideas. It will help to clear you mind and allow you to let go of nagging flashbacks to dreams you can not quite

remember.

It is helpful to prepare a little bit before going to bed at night. This means different things for different people. The point is to limit what is required of you to get started. Put warm clothes by your bed before going to sleep. Get the coffee maker ready to go, so all you have to do is turn it on in the morning. Put your notebook in a convenient place so you do not have to hunt for it while you are still half asleep. Set your radio or TV to the channel you would like to hear or see first thing. If you are a list person, make your to-do list before you go to bed, so you are not wasting precious brain power trying to remember what you have to do that day. If you are one of

those people who can not function before taking a shower, get that all ready. Try having some candles or aroma-therapy soaps, with scents you find inspiring, on hand.

Going outside first thing can be both inspiring, and relieve tension. A hot cup of coffee, a good book, and maybe even a blanket make great morning companions. Take these things outside with you. Drink that first cup of coffee leisurely, and read a chapter or two. Be sure to take your notebook with you, and jot down anything that comes to mind.

Realistically, all of these things may be more than you can manage. If you just do not have the time, or the presence of mind to implement any of these suggestions, there is a quick fix. Set aside three minutes. Set a timer if you need to. Take just these three minutes every morning and

write without stopping. Put your pen to the paper, and write down every thought you have. It is not much, but it will relieve the anxiety of not having time to write before you start your day, and give you something to look back on when you do get the time. You ideas will be flowing,

and you will be in a more creative frame of mind throughout the day.

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