Writing Before 6:00 am

Amid busy days, I have found time for writing.

Anna Burgess Yang
3 min readMay 16, 2018


For the past week or so, I’ve been waking up between 5:00 and 5:30 and decided to just roll with it.

I have always been a morning person. In college as an English major, I scheduled all of my classes before noon, usually starting with the earliest offering of a 7:45 am class. To make it even more interesting, my best writing was done under pressure, so I would wake up at 5:00 am on the morning that a paper was due and bang out the entire thing. Didn’t matter if it was 4 pages or 10 — I needed that “must get it done NOW” mentality to get my juices flowing.

Our household “wakeup time” is 6:45 am. My school-aged children share a room and know that they are not allowed to come out before that time. My husband is a night owl and he will keep sleeping until the alarm goes off (and then some). I also have a 9-month old baby so for a long time it has been waking and feeding her during the night, causing me to guard what precious sleep I could.

But in the past month or so, it has shifted. Baby sleeps through the night, though her natural rhythm seems to be to wake early. For awhile, it was 4:00 am. Broke her of that habit, and now she seems to wake around 5:30. She doesn’t even wake with a bang: I will hear her cooing through the monitor or playing with a toy in her crib.

Over the past week, I’ve been waking naturally even earlier than her. Today it was before 5:00. And I have found that I’m not tired. I compensate by going to bed early, but the mornings in the house are peaceful.

That time to myself, time for writing? I’ve found it.

My evenings are always utter exhaustion, cleaning up from the day, and wanting nothing more than a nice Netflix binge. But mornings? Mornings are fresh.

I woke up today probably around 4:45. I took a shower and got dressed. I heard the baby around 5:15, but since she wasn’t crying I finished drying my hair and applying eye cream (because #gettingolder) before retrieving her from her crib.

I went down to the kitchen with all of my writing “supplies”: my Surface, a notebook, and my current book inspirations: Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.



Anna Burgess Yang

Productivity geek + solopreneur with niche expertise. #5amwritersclub frequent flyer. • https://start.annabyang.com/