There is something magical about the world at 5 am. When I lived in Prague, I used to get up at 5 (or sometimes earlier, pending on the time of the sunrise) and wander the city. The streets were empty, and I would walk across the Old Town Square and through the side streets leading me to Charles Bridge and stand amongst the majesty of the statues of saints and kings. The city, awash in gold and blue would fill my heart, and at that moment I would feel like I could do anything. I felt like the world was sleeping and I had stumbled upon this magical secret. And at 5 am, when I sit down to write, I feel like this again.
It’s all about the writing
When it comes to writing habits the most important thing is the writing (I know, obvious huh!). But seriously, it is. It’s vital that you write every day, even if what you write is utter shit and you end up trashing it the next morning – At least you put pen to page (or fingers to keyboard) and got something down.
The more you do it, the more it becomes a habit, a reflex. It doesn’t have to be a great life changing novel. It could be a journal entry, a poem, a 5 min stream of consciousness or even research notes. It just has to be something, so that when you do start writing your world-breaking book, you have good habits in place and are not stumbling at the first hurdle.
The magic hour
For me, 5 am is a time where I can sit at my desk, drink coffee, yawn (a lot) and download my thoughts. Sometimes, this time will change – but no matter what, I write every day.
Before I started writing every day, I was inconsistent. I would maybe sit down and write once or twice a week and then sometimes once or twice a month, pending on what I had going on and the thought of sitting down and bashing out a book seemed incredibly daunting. Impossible even – But knowing that nothing is impossible, I spurred myself on to get my writing house in order and get into a routine.
Six years later and several (mostly ghostwritten) books, thousands of articles and enough journals to build a small fort, and I’ve not looked back. Writing is a constant joy, a sometimes frustration and an incredibly rewarding thing that will only end up enhancing your life.
Do yourself a favour. If you want to write that book/have a consistent blog/write professionally – get yourself into the routine of writing every day.
Find your 5 am or magic hour and sit down, switch off your phone and push away the distractions and write.
What’s your magic time?