The Importance of Morning

First light. Portland. Yum!

For the past few mornings, I’ve been getting outdoors earlier. The sky is just beginning to brighten. Light has a different quality–a freshness–as if the world creates itself anew each day. Energy shimmers at the threshold between darkness and light. It seeps into me and I think, “Why don’t I do this every day?” Why don’t I get up early and go for a long walk? Or, why don’t I use the freshest energy for something vital, such as writing?

During one semester in college, I took the bus to the university. It arrived before classes began, so I used that half hour of waiting time to write a novel that became my master’s project a few years later. When my kids were little, I woke up at four a.m. to write. Now, I use the freshest hour(s) of day to read and respond to email. Why? I could do that task at any time of day (or night). And I should. When light returns and energy tingles, I should do what I care most about doing. I should write.

What about you? What is your freshest time of day? Can you shift things so that at least some of your writing time falls during this time? What might happen if you did?


About kimgriswell

I'm an author, an editor, a writing coach, and a workshop leader. I spend my days asking questions and looking (or listening) for answers, and thinking up ideas for new stories to write for my favorite audience: kids! I guess I'm just about as curious as Rufus Leroy Williams III, the intrepid pink hero of my picture book series from Sterling Publishing, is persistent. Did you know that in 5000 B.C. people blamed 'tooth worms' for their cavities? Neither did I until I developed THE HAUNTED OUTHOUSE for the Bathroom Reader's Institute. Turns out, ancient dentists filled the wormholes with metals like gold or silver. Except the Aztecs. They used a mix of iron, water, and belly-button lint. As you'll discover by reading RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL, RUFUS GOES TO SEA, and RUFUS BLASTS OFF! I believe that reading opens up worlds for young people. Books did that for me, and I hope my books will do the same for today's kids.
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2 Responses to The Importance of Morning

  1. Liz says:

    I’ve been thinking often, about what you mentioned about morning light and writing.
    I think I’ll reverse my usual schedule for the fall/winter instead of exercising then writing – I’m going to walk on the beach and watch the sunrise then go to Panera and write for a few hours. Very early morning is my best time of day – I feel like there’s so much day left = I feel rich in time.

    Since your Finding Your Voice Workshop – I’ve been posting a writing prompt and a quote and a ‘song to write by’ on my blog each weekday 8^) I REALLY liked the freewriting and quotes at your workshop.


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