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  • Writer's pictureSteve Gamel

Are we better writers by day, or night?

Updated: Jul 18, 2019

A fellow writer recently asked me if I thought getting things like blogs, feature articles, e-mails, and other intense projects done 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, but if I had my preference, I would work on the more difficult pieces during odd hours.

Not only does it allow for more focus, but it cuts down on errors.

The good folks at Grammarly put a blog and graphic together on this very topic, and I have pasted it below for your enjoyment. Grammarly research finds that most "early bird" writers make less mistakes than what they call "night owls." I've tried both approaches and have yet to find a negative to each. But clearly Grammarly did far more research than I have, so they must be right.

Check out the graphic below. You can click on it and it will lead you directly to the Grammarly blog with an even bigger image.

Thanks for reading!

*STEVE GAMEL is the Owner/President of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Along with being a sports writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle, Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.

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