4AM is totally the best time to write.
Or is it 3PM?
10 o' clock at night?
7:30 in the morning (blogger's note: *shudder*)?
The answer: none of the above. Well, maybe one of the above - for you, at least.
Once, in a nonstop three-week period, this blogger here got an entire round of rewrites done for her first book almost entirely within the hours of 11PM and 6AM. And I wouldn't really hit that manic writing stride until 2AM. It kind of sucked waking up at 2PM every morning (who am I kidding, it was awesome), but it was worth it for those moments at 6AM when I could finally crawl into bed, having finished a chapter - nay, vanquished and triumphed over a chapter - and listen to the quiet yet incredible sounds of a whole world waking up outside my window, a world populated mostly by songbirds. And a blanket of white-golden sunlight would be draped over me as I fell asleep... (Sorry, got a little nostalgic there!)
Time was a constantly-felt presence during those weeks. And time helped get stuff done. There was something about writing at 4AM that absolutely did not allow for procrastination - I mean, if you're up at 4AM and on Facebook, it's like, really? But if you're up at 4AM and writing, well, that's intense. That's something. That made me want to keep writing. (Not that there's anything wrong with Facebook at 4AM! It's just a somewhat lonely land...)
Other times are awesome too. Early-morning writing means your mind is empty and not full of the entire day's chatter. Lunchtime writing serves as the perfect break. After-dinner writing gives you an anti-drug to mindless TV reruns. And right-after-the-kids-go-to-bed writing, well, that might be the only time someone gets to write - which makes it the perfect time.
There's also your weirdly innate preference to take into account: some people's creative juices naturally flow in the morning, some in the afternoon, some at night. (You can probably guess which one I am!)
All musings aside, you could say there really one best time to write: always! Or, you know, right before a deadline.
What's the best time to write (for you)? What's your relationship with time as a writer? Sound off in the comments!