No matter what time I go to bed I’m up at 6 am.
Only very rarely do I stay in bed past that time. Or go back to bed after a trip to the loo. 🙂
There is something about the quiet, the solitude, the dim light in the early mornings that appeals to me. Wakes my senses, makes them more pronounced. This is usually a good time to start writing.
But not always.
Writing fiction, when you’re developing characters, story lines, scenes, they require a continuation of your train of thought that should remain void of interruption. I know this is true because I read an article the other day that validates, or explains this point:
High-intensity noise that exceeds 95 decibels disrupts performance on complex tasks but improves it on simple, boring tasks — noise tends to raise arousal level, which can be useful when trying to stay alert during mindless and monotonous work, but can agitate you out of creative flow when immersed in the kind of work that requires deliberate, reflective thought.
I got this quote out of an article called The Psychology of writing and the cognitive science of the perfect daily routine.
I looked up how loud 95 decibels are. Here is a short list for comparison purposes:
- A passing diesel truck, or a snowblower, is about 85 decibels
- Conversational speech is about 60 decibels
- A motorcycle or a handheld drill is about 100 decibels
So as I sit here in the quiet, dreaming of my elusive She Shed, I contemplate how I will proceed with my fiction writing career-to-be in 2020. Will I stay the course I have set up in 2019? Will this be the decade of possibility?
As you can see, I am not currently writing stories. My stories are on hold. My big story, the one I have developed and is up to 14 chapters, that’s the one I can’t wait to get back to. But I doubt this will happen prior to the new year… in the meantime, I’m entertaining you with blog posts. You’re welcome. 🙂
I’m tracking Santa on NORAD as we count down to food and presents on this Christmas Eve day. Do you see a She Shed in his sleigh?
Me either. 🙃
All all your dreams come true. Merry Christmas!