Aspiring writers across all genres might find the Brainpickings.org infographic charting the sleep habits of famous writers of great interest. For instance, did you know that writers who wake up earlier receive more awards on average while those who wake later produce a greater volume of works?
It’s always wise to plan for success by patterning your work habits after successful people in your field. For writers, It makes sense that learning about the sleep habits of writers you respect and want to be like can help you gain insight into your own writing career and things you can change to meet your goals as a writer.
Many creative artists, whether they create literary masterpieces of works or visual art, find that their most productive hours are the first few hours of the day. They rise early, some as early as 4:00 a.m., in order to take advantage of their most productive hours before getting caught up in the act of their daily rituals and routines.
Some writers get up early in the morning to write out of necessity. Many of them have full-time day jobs or familial responsibilities that prevent them from writing during traditional working hours. Others do so as a matter of inspiration.
Whether these are the hours the muse strikes most spectacularly, or it’s simply a matter of having a fresh mind unburdened by the troubles of the day, early morning writers have produced some of the most stunning works of literary art to date. This list includes works by Sylvia Plath, Toni Morrison, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Mead, Charles Dickens, Roger Ebert, and many, many more.
Writers who typically began their writing work days by 8:00 a.m., though some would hardly consider that late, were often more prolific in the works they produced. These writers include writers such as Stephen King, Charles Darwin, Susan Sontag, Ray Bradbury, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Wolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gore Vidal, Charles Bukowski, and more.
While the story may seem to be about rising early vs. rising late, the truth is that it’s more about taking advantage of your most productive hours of the day, whatever those hours may be, to accomplish great things. Whether your goal in life is to be a prolific or award winning writer doesn’t matter if you’re fighting your natural tendencies along the way.
One thing most writers will agree on though, is that you need an adequate amount of sleep in order to fuel the brain. That’s why it’s important to choose the right mattress, such as a natural latex mattress, to help you get more bang for your buck when you do sleep at night. Give one a try today and see what it does for your productivity, whether you’re an early riser or a late one.
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