I am in the midst of reading a book called the Morning Miracle for Writers. It's a self-help book cum writers craft book much like the ones I used to read and review. I've hardly started but so far I'm taking this sucker to heart. It's primary theme of course is to wake up early not only to write but to get a jump on the day. I've started following it's teachings and trying out the five key steps to increasing my Wake Up Motivation Levels (WUML).
First - Affirm to yourself before going to bed that you really will wake up early. This goes along with the philosophy that the last thing you think upon going to bed will be the first thing on your mind when you wake up. Not a hard one to master, but very effective.
Second - The old standby; set the alarm clock far away from the bed. I've heard this many times before, I will now live by this maxim.
Third - Have ready a full glass of water and drink it when you get out of bed. Not bad for the biology and not hard to do.
Fourth - Brush your teeth first thing. Nothing better to get you awake then brushing teeth.
Fifth - Get dressed. Again, not hard. In my case it will be in workout clothes as I will be adding a sixth.
Sixth - Go for a jog, walk or run with the dog. Get that blood flowing and the brain juices percolating.
So far I'm one day in, and except for having the dog with me I followed the steps above quite closely. So far so good. The fact that I have also re-started my blog on the same day that I started this exercise of waking up early makes me think it will be a successful enterprise for my writing life as well as my everyday life.
My first novel, Toe the Line was written in the pre-dawn hours. I woke up almost every morning at 5 AM to crank it out. I've noticed lately my time to write has become less and less easy to find. Sometimes I'll carve out evenings to write but when evening comes I find an excuse not to write. Hopefully going back to morning writing will be just what my writing life needs.