Late night writing?

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In our May “how can we help you?” thread, a reader writes:

I have recently found that my most productive writing time is between the hours of 9pm and 3am and no matter how hard I try to write during the day.. it is much more difficult. Is writing late at night sustainable?

Great question. I’m not a late night writer, so I can only speculate, but I guess I’m inclined to think that a lot may depend here on one’s professional situation. For example, while it may be easy to write late at night in grad school (when one doesn’t have many teaching duties), if one is in a full-time faculty or adjunct position(s) where one has to teach relatively early in the morning, then late night writing may create problems. On the other hand, if you can get all of the courses you teach to be scheduled in the afternoon or evening, then you may be able to adjust your entire schedule so that you can work late and sleep in without it leading to any serious problems. But again, I’m just speculating here. Any late night writers able to chime in with a better answer and/or tips?

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