I had an interesting conversation this week about the times of day that different people feel most creative. Someone said that they had a read a theory that stated that people were most creative during those times of the day when they were least efficient. In other words, if you were a night owl, then you would be more creative in the morning (assuming you were awake) or in the afternoon, than in the evening.
My first reaction to this was that it didn’t really resonate with me. I am very much a morning person and The Greyfield was almost exclusively written during morning sessions in various cafes. But then I reflected on what exactly was meant by creativity. If it meant crafting the story, working out what would happen when and how everything came together, then maybe there was something in the theory after all. Before a word is even typed, the idea has to exist somewhere. Then it germinates and grows and spreads and, eventually if all goes well, it flowers. This is not an efficient process, in fact, it is hopelessly meandering, perfect material for a tired mind to casually play with at the end of a day.
If coming up with different ways of taking a character from point A to point B (be it physically or emotionally) is a creative process for afternoons and evening, then sitting down and committing it to paper is often more of a morning workmanlike process. By that point, I usually already know, pretty much what has to happen and so all I am doing now is telling the story. It also helps explain why on those, all too frequent occasions, that I
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