Posted by: Judy | May 22, 2019

Never bargain with God…

…He will hold you to it.

I vowed that I’d write at 4 AM, if necessary.

At the writing workshop, the presenter admitted she wrote from 4-8 AM. Hmmm… 4 AM. The time needled me.

Last week, I woke at 4 AM almost every morning. Each time, I buried myself under my warm blanket and slept until the alarm announced it was time to wake up between 5 and 5:30 AM. Until Saturday morning.

I woke at 4:15 AM. In my head, I heard clearly, “You said you’d write at 4 AM, if necessary.” I sat down and wrote, finishing the first half of a chapter I changed rather more than I originally planned. Mission accomplished.

The next several days, I slept until the alarm turned on. (I have a sunrise clock. The light slowly brightens over a half hour, with the sound of waves and birds for a minute at the end.) One time, I woke at 12:30 AM, with my brain chattering at me. I rose, added what was in my head, went back to bed, and slept until the alarm went off.

My writing hasn’t quickened, probably because I’m making more and bigger changes, keeping the bones of the story the same. It’s still taking me a week to rewrite each chapter. Only three are left.

Joel, over at Impossible, talked about an interview with an author. The author said that a character will not simply choose to change. Something has to push them to change. He suggested dropping a plane from the sky. I understood what he meant, and it’s being reflected in my stories.ย I’m excited and nervous.


  1. 4 a.m.! Good for you. I think that’s a magic hour. I’m just usually sleeping:).

    • I often wish I were sleeping, but I confess I like the stillness of the world at that time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • There is probably less noise. I bet you can hear your muse better :-).

        • I actually use an air purifier as white noise, so the level is the same. However, I KNOW absolutely no one is going to call or drop by to interrupt me. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. 4am. When I was in university ,about a thousand years ago, I used to get up at 4am to study as it was quiet then until about 7am. I admire your fortitude in your pursuit of writing!

    • ๐Ÿ™‚

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