Creative Hours

Sooner or later, successful writers learn that they cannot go through life expecting to find time to write – you have to make time. This inevitably involves sacrifice, taking time away from the other important things in life: family, friends, jobs and other obligations. Sometimes it also involves self-imposed exile, strange rituals, and other writer’s tricks.

Wee hours of the night – after midnight to before crack of the dawn – are moments of acceptances and creativity. Allah the exalted likes devoted adoration and worship during these hours in particular. These are the moments during which most successful writers have been accomplishing more.

Rasheed ud Din Hamdani wrote his landmark book ‘Jamia ul Twarikh’ during these hours. Anthony Trollop, British novelist, wrote all his books after drinking coffee early morning. Edward Gibbon touched the zenith during this time of the nights. George Grotto, a famous banker used to be up early for writing history. Rajinder Singh Bedi created his landmark work during these moments. Allama Mohammad Iqbal included himself in the list of early risers when he composed verses praising the early risers.

In contemporaries, Abbas Khan is a celebrated short story writer and author of nine books including Light Within. He is an early riser and still writes in longhand. He has written all his books in the early hours of the morning. “Calmness and tranquility of the morning reveals more than any other time of the day and night,” he says.

Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Jenny Offill, author of the novel Last Things wrote completed their work in the mornings.

When do you write, blog or books, or when do you do creative work?

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