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Do you write in the morning, around noon, or at night?

Don Murray said:

Write in the morning: Most writers write in the early morning before the world intrudes. They harvest the product of their subconscious.

I realized, yesterday, that the homework assignments I’m assigning to my students are not heeding one of Murray’s ten tips for why and how one should write (when you have no time to write), as published in The Writer. I realize that it’s important to get kids into the habit of writing nightly, but what if that time of day isn’t natural for them. What if we, as teachers, challenged our students to make time for writing in the morning. Before they got up, brushed their teeth, bathed, ate breakfast, etc. Would they do it? Would they become more writer-like if they followed Murray’s Advice? (I’m thinking of announcing this idea at today’s Morning Meeting to see if I have a couple of students who are interested in testing out Murray’s writerly charge.)


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Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

3 thoughts on “Do you write in the morning, around noon, or at night? Leave a comment

  1. I think it’s a great idea! I know some of my students wake up at 6:00 to learn French vocabulary or historical dates, because at that moment of the day they can learn better. I think pointing this out to them and inspiring them to find the time of day that works best for them is a great idea!


  2. I write at night mostly, when the house is quiet and the distractions of the day have dirited away or been consigned to history. Sometimes it is after a day of rehearsing in my head what I need to say. At some point, the ideas are ready to spill onto the page.


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