Every single morning, I wake up and try to knock out three pieces before I do anything else.
What I’ve learned over the years is that there are really only two windows of time that allow me to write at my absolute best.
7:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.—11:00 p.m.
Sure, I do plenty between those two gaps, but for some reason the words come so much more naturally right when I wake up, or later in the day when the sun begins to set.
So, I do my best to take full advantage.
The moment I wake up, I brush my teeth, take a shower, make a quick breakfast, text my girlfriend good morning (those love letters don’t count as part of the 10,000), and then I turn off my phone.
Yes, I turn it off.