NaNoWriMo Day Four

6004 words down, 43,996 to go. I’m a bit behind where I should be, but that’s because I’m taking Sundays off. Hoping to catch up during the week!

The early morning writing session is working well for me. I get up at 3am, have a cup of coffee with Benoit (our night guard) and then start work. This morning I had finished my 2000 words by 7am, just in time for breakfast with the family. It sounds unbearably smug, but I do love the stillness and silence of the early morning, interrupted only by the call to prayer from our local mosque at 5am. And since my new novel is set in Timbuktu, even the prayer call does not jolt me out of the zone. I’m thinking I may carry on the early-morning-writing thing even after NaNoWriMo is finished.

Don’t hold me to that.

The idea of doing most of the day’s writing before breakfast came from this book: daily Rituals: How Artists Work It’s a collection of anecdotes about famous artists (writers, musicians, painters) and their muses. Surprising how often caffeine and early mornings are mentioned!

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Stephen Davies

Children's author: picture books, chapter books and YA novels

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