The question has occurred to me on occasion. My answers will be less than satisfying, to be sure.
- In the morning. The morning always seems like a good time to write. The mind is fresh. Brand new perspective and all. Problem is that I rarely rise early enough to get a little quality time in for myself. I have thought of things on the way to work, though. I’ve written them into my iPhone on the parking shuttle. Some of them turned out not half bad.
- While drunk. I think it was Hemingway who said, “Write drunk. Edit sober.” I’ve written some decent stuff while buzzed. I even still liked it when I sobered up – though it did need some sober editing, sheesh.
- While writing. There is a school of thought that says anytime the muse visits is a good time to write. In my case, the muse seems to visit typically only while I’m writing. Another way to express this idea is that I never trust anything I think about writing unless and until I am actually writing. Many a good idea has stunk up the page once put down on paper (or pixels).
- After warming up. This is similar to “while writing”. I wrote more than a few of the 90 in 90 posts that I am proud of only after I forced myself to put my fingers on a keyboard. I was in no mood. But once I started typing, the muse showed up. So, warming up by just writing anything (like journaling or copying something or messing around) can sometimes turn a bad time to write into a beautiful time to write.
Hey. It turns out that right after dinner on a Wednesday is an okay time to write. Did I answer your question?