Should You Write by Day or Night?

Should You Write by Day or Night?

by Steve Gamel
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A fellow writer recently asked me if I thought writing things like blogs, feature articles, and other intense projects early in the morning was better than doing the same work late at night or in the middle of the day. The quick answer is that it all depends on the writer.

Personally, I’ve tried writing in the middle of the day but often find myself distracted by other responsibilities, phone calls, honey-do lists, unforeseen additions to my schedule, et cetera. So, what usually takes me roughly an hour to craft might instead take me two or three hours if done in the middle of the day. That’s not to suggest that happens to me EVERY time. If I had my preference, though, I would work on the more difficult pieces during odd hours – early in the morning or late at night. Doing so keeps me focused and helps me cut down on errors.

But which is better – the “Early Bird” approach or the “Night Owl” approach? I’ve tried both approaches and have yet to find a negative to each. But the good folks at Grammarly appear to disagree with me. They put a blog and graphic together on this very topic quite some time ago and found that most “Early Bird” writers make less mistakes than “Night Owls.”

Below are some of their results broken down by writing task. Keep in mind that “Early Birds” are those who write between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. “Night Owls” write between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

“Early Birds” make 11.8 mistakes
per 100 words. “Night Owls” make
14.3 per 100 words.

“Early Birds” make 34.0 mistakes
per 100 words. “Night Owls” make
41.6 per 100 words.

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