I’m Enjoying My First Cup

Posted: 19 February, 2018 in Blogging, Writing

It’s 11:00 o’ the clock in the morning and I’m enjoying my first cup of tea–which happens to be my second cup of the day. I didn’t enjoy the first cup so much as need it–I stayed up too late last night, so my first cup was for me what I assume other people’s first cup of coffee must be: a much-needed wakeup.

I’m retired, which means that I have a lot of time available for indulging in the two great loves of my life: reading and writing. Three, if you add tea. Or four, including photography. Or five… And it becomes easier to merely write about them than to actually do them.

Anyway, last night I decided to take the advice of HP Lovecraft:

“At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”

I even took a nap during the day to make sure I was up to the task.

It’s not going to happen overnight. Decades of awaking early in the morning and writing are hard to overcome. I’ve always been at my most productive in the morning, and it’s going to take a while to develop a new habit… assuming it’s even worth it in the first place.

I’ve often said rules are made to be broken; I’ve also said that you first have to know what the rules are before you can break them deliberately. So I’m going to give Lovecraft’s “rule” a couple of weeks before I decide if it’s effective, or if it’s just one more example of a rule that can be broken.

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