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Are you getting too much sleep for writing greatness?

Check out this brill infographic showing the wake-up times of famous writers and their productivity/success. Once I saw that Sylvia Plath got up at 4 a.m., I set my alarm for 8.

Any early risers out there?

19 comments on “Are you getting too much sleep for writing greatness?

  1. Pingback: Are you getting too much sleep for writing greatness? | catching up with Kevin Brennan | Hey Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite!

  2. Charles Yallowitz
    December 19, 2013

    I start waking at 5 AM, but it seems to always build up to a day where I’m unconscious until 10 AM.

  3. Jade Reyner
    December 19, 2013

    What a fab infographic! Looks like we need to get up at either 9am or 12pm then! Great fun. πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 19, 2013

      Makes you want to try to game the system, eh? πŸ’€

  4. John W. Howell
    December 19, 2013

    I’m with Vonnegut. 6:00. If only this was the sole criteria.

  5. Dave
    December 19, 2013

    Nope … no early riser here. I’m with F. Scott Fitzgerald. Eleven sounds just right πŸ™‚ But, since I have a day job, I wake up 8:30-ish and finally become coherent around 10am. Usually write late afternoon or evening, though I’ve been toying with the idea of getting up earlier … scary.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 19, 2013

      When do they get up to make beer? Maybe we should follow… 😎

  6. feltenk
    December 19, 2013

    I’m an early riser but I’m also a napper so I think the two cancel each other out unfortunately πŸ˜‰

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 20, 2013

      I’ve heard that napping is good for the brain. Keep it up!

  7. J. S. Collyer
    December 20, 2013

    I’ve known a lot of people that get up early to write. I am something if a slug-a-bed however and I can’t do that consistently and do my full time job. I find I’m much more in the mood and switch on in the evening, when I have had a day to muse and ponder. Unless I’m on a writing retreat then I get but about 6:30 and write all day πŸ™‚

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 20, 2013

      I used to get up very early, but it did make me fairly useless at work. πŸ˜‰ If only we could somehow write in our sleep!

      • J. S. Collyer
        December 20, 2013

        That would be handy! The other option is getting rid of that pesky full time job! Darn real life responsibilities!

  8. 1WriteWay
    December 20, 2013

    Finally! Cold hard proof that rising early (that is, before 8 am) doesn’t necessarily make a writer more productive (or have a long life). I’m willing (and often do) get up early (6-7 am) when I know that I can brew a quick cup of hot coffee and then just stare at my computer. I need about an hour to fully wake up … and then I get to spend my most productive hours at my day job 😦

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 20, 2013

      That’s the problem with day jobs… Oh, to have had a trust fund! πŸ’°

      • 1WriteWay
        December 20, 2013

        I keep waiting for that long-lost rich uncle to die … Well, I would be waiting if I had one πŸ˜‰

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