The 5am Club

Have you seen the 5amwritersclub hashtag bandied around on Twitter? These committed writers get up at 5am to write. Squeezing every drop of ink out of their daily schedule. I often envied those people, I questioned my own drive and passion for writing because I wasn’t willing to sacrifice those precious hours in bed! 

I just couldn’t image doing it. I mean who really wants to get out of a nice, warm, cosy bed at stupid o’clock in the morning to sit at a desk and think, let alone write?

That was until a recent bout of early morning waking. We’re talking brain engaged at 3am and not switching off no matter how many sheep I counted. Thoughts racing around the tarmac of my mind, crashing into the barriers and making me restless. 

One particular morning, about 4:30am, I got up. Made a cup of tea and fired up my Mac. I typed happily away until about 7am when my son woke up. 

It was a glorious revelation! I had a good chunk of words down, I felt like I’d achieved something and that creative spark inside me had been stoked; the burning embers kept me going all day…well, until about 8pm when I passed out on the sofa. 

I did it, on and off, for a little over a week. I am proud of myself for getting up that early. I’ve never been an early riser and my system requires at least one cup of tea before much can go on between my ears. 

What I learned was, that although getting up at such a ridiculous hour is painful, it is rather freeing. To have achieved a writing goal so early in the day sets you up in positive frame of mind for the rest of the day. It’s kind of addictive and I plan on doing it more often.

Do you get up a 5am to write, is it out of necessity or need? What have you found to be to pro’s and con’s?

To anyone who hasn’t tried it, I recommend giving it a go, you might surprise yourself! 

10 thoughts on “The 5am Club

  1. I don’t get up early to write… but in years past I got up at 5 am to walk with neighbors, and I always felt the same way. It was hard, especially in bitter days of winter, but I always felt I had accomplished something early on and it kept me going all day. Now I slide out of bed at 6:30 or 7 only because the dog makes me, and my day SLOWLY begins rolling along instead of a fast jumpstart. It is probably close to noon before I really accomplish much… I need to rethink my plan!!

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    1. Getting out of bed on a cold, dark morning is always the pits! Noon is good, I think normally it takes me that long then I’m on the downward slope towards bedtime! Ha!

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  2. 5 am? My creative juices have way too much pulp at that time of the day. I have been known to write at 6 am…Greenwich mean time. I rearely go to bed in the same day that I woke up, so five hours of sleep is not conducive to perceptive writing. True, 5 am writing for me would be funny, Yet not particularly cognitive for my readers.

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    1. I’m nothing but pulp before a good cup of tea! Although you have raised a valid point in the quality of the words I have strung forth at 5am. I haven’t yet re-read them, I may need something stronger than tea when I do!

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  3. SOME MORNINGS I WAKE AND MY HEAD IS SO FULL OF A NEW BOOK THAT I CAN’T WRITE IT DOWN FAST ENOUGH ANGELA, CHINA

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    1. Yes, that happens to me too! And now I’ve had a taste of the benefits I’ll be sure to do it again!

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    1. Thanks so much for reblogging this. I’ve never been reblogged before! It was exciting! 😆

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  4. BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR ANGELA, CHINA

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    1. Hey China, happy new year to you too! I hope you have some awesome writing goals set for the new year! X

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