When to write? Which is the best time of the day to work on your book?
Mornings are often a good time for writing - you mind has rested, and ideas pop out easier.
Try to do your writing as early in the day as possible, without looking at your emails, before life throws its demands at you. It may mean you need to get up earlier. Not necessarily every morning. You may even plan waking up earlier during your free days if your weekday mornings are impossible. If you use your workday mornings, remember to go to bed earlier the previous evening. If you are sleep-deprived, your writing won't be the best. Not to mention you'll probably start snapping at the people around you at some point.
No, don't write during your working hours - you can guess twice how much your boss would like that... But perhaps you could come a little earlier to work and write a few words before your work day begins? Especially if your mornings are a recurring household emergency.
Also you might consider writing a few minutes after your working hours end? (Just clock out before you do this so no one can say you use actual work hours.)
Use your breaks at work: coffee breaks, lunch breaks. I started the habit of using my breaks when I studied Egyptology. Two coffee breaks during the day gave me almost half an hour to work on my assignments and essays. I could then flesh out these on my free time. For five years I used all my breaks for studies. Once I received my Diploma in Egyptology it was not difficult to use those breaks for planning my novels instead. My mind had learned to write in short bursts already.
Surprisingly, your workplace may be just the place where you are not disturbed as much as you would be at home. Depends on many factors of course - if you need to fetch the kids after your work, don't keep them waiting.
When to write if your life is so packed that you only really have time to write late in the evenings or at night even? Well - it seems that is your only option. But you are tired, most likely, so it is important to plan beforehand when you will write. When you are tired, you are easily distracted into activities that give instant gratification - such as social media, games and chats. Not to mention the good old TV...
Take a little rest, and don't put the TV on. Place your notebook / laptop / pad - whatever you write with - next to you. And after a little rest get up and get started. Don't wait for inspiration. It probably only comes when you start writing. Don't demand perfection from your writing. Editing comes later.
I often have my pad in my hands when I watch the news. I'm not writing a story, but I may be planning one. I can't do this if I follow a series, but news broadcasts are something I have heard during the day many times so I just glimpse if something is of interest. But then again I have always worked on noisy environments, with constant interruptions, so I am used to it. Background noises don't bother me much. But I do recommend you stay away from TV if you work in the evenings. Too easy to give in and be entertained by it when you should be writing.
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