This is a question that has been on mind for a long time. I think it is about time I throw it out to all my cherished readers.
Reading from the Paris Review Interviews, Volumes 1 & 2, I picked up some questions and responses from some of the authors interviewed.
James Baldwin, author of books like Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room was asked: ‘How many pages do you write in a day?’ Here was his response: ‘I write at night. After the day is over, and supper is over, I begin, and work until about three or four a.m.’
Peter Carey, one of two authors to have won the Booker Prize twice with books like Oscar & Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang was also asked the question: ‘When do you write?’ Here was his response: ‘Mostly in the mornings. Nonfiction writers tend not to understand this; they can write for eighteen hours straight, it seems. At the very end of a book I can manage to work for longer stretches, but mostly, making stuff up for three hours, that’s enough. I can’t do any more…’
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish Jewish American author and winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978 was asked the question: …Do you work every day, seven days a week? This was his response: ‘Well, when I get up in the morning, I always have the desire to sit down to write. And most of the days I do write something…’
Well, I could go on and on… The question I throw to you this week is that, ‘What is the Best Time to Write?’ Is it in the morning, afternoon or evening, or at dawn, etcetera? Let me hear from you.