How to make Writing in the Evening Work for You

I posted about the advantages of writing in the morning, now I thought I should give the flip side of the coin equal share.

Writing in the evening can be a challenge, because I find I’m too tired and too distracted by the end of the day. After work there are sometimes errands to run, then there is dinner to prepare, and of course dishes to clean up and after all that, I haven’t got much creative energy left.

But after talking about the advantages of writing at the beginning of the day, I started thinking about the up-side to writing at the end of the day.IMG_0451

Here are some ways to make writing at night work to your advantage:

Use your Commute to Unwind and Brainstorm
I’ve got a thirty minute commute – often longer depending on weather or traffic. This is a great time for me to put on some soft music and unwind from my day. It’s also a great time to mentally visit my current work-in-progress. This way, when I arrive home, I can get started on the ideas I was considering on the ride home.

Note-taking and Planning
At the end of the day, I’m not always my sharpest. Evening writing might be a better time for me to brainstorming ideas, outline and plan. Even if I feel too drained to string sentences together into beautiful prose, I can make notes and get a jump-start on what I will be working on the next day.

Edit
If you can’t stare at a computer screen a moment longer, print a few pages you wrote most recently and edit the good old fashioned way. Your eyes will not only appreciate the break, but you may see things differently than when you’re editing on a computer screen.

Journaling
Writing at night is a great time to reflect on the day. For many people, journaling is a way to get centered- what a better way to end the day? It may even help you fall asleep faster to get the worries and stresses of the day off your mind and onto the page.

Do you write at the end of the day? What do find works best for you when writing at night?

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