While You Were Sleeping

By: Aryanne Ferguson

I was surfing the internet the other day, and I came across an article on brainpickings.org about the sleep habits of famous writers, which you can find here. The author of the article was so interested in the sleep habits of writers like Toni Morrison, Stephen King, and C.S. Lewis that she collaborated with an illustrator to create this chart (also seen at the bottom of this post).

What’s your take on sleep habits affecting or not affecting writing? Over the years I’ve heard many opinions about the best time of day to write. Some people swear it’s 6am, and some people won’t pick up a pen until 10pm. Since I work full-time, I don’t have much leeway in my hours, but I could wake up at 4am to fit in a few hours of writing in the “morning.” Personally, I’m the 10pm type. I rarely start a blog post before nightfall, but heck, half the time I don’t even get home before sunset.

What is your best/favorite time to write? Sometimes I get the feeling that every morning, hundreds of writers are penning achingly beautiful prose full of the wisdom of life, while I worm my way further into my pile of pillows. But Reader, I love sleep too much to give it up.


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