I’ve read a lot about the importance of getting up early and having a good morning routine. The early birds can have the worm. Mornings are not magic. Any time of the day can be your time.

I’m no stranger to morning routines. When my daughter, Annie, was younger, I used to get up and write for an hour every morning. Then I’d work on social networking for 30 minutes. I’d read, walk, have coffee, exercise, and save the world, all by 6:30am. And you probably know that I’m kidding about the exercise part. But as my daughter got older, schedules changed.

I’m not an anti-morning person. But some nights, I might work on writing essays or composing music until well after midnight and then sleep until 8:00am. Sometimes, I might get to bed early, only to wake up at 3:00am with a headful of ideas. I’ll work for a few hours, then go back to sleep. And guess what? No matter what time of day I work, I still get as much done. Mornings are not magic.

Sure, a routine can create a habit. But if you’re a true artist, believe me, you’ll have a habit. It can get so bad for me that I actually want to quit. Make it stop. But you can’t stop because you’re a writer.

If mornings suit you, go for it. If you like to burn the midnight oil, burn on. If afternoons are your thing, amen. Do what works for you. Don’t buy into the idea that you’ll get more done just because you work mornings. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.