William Faulkner hits on it with this quote: “The only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost.”

I have found that by waking before or at dawn — and before anyone else in the house is up — I have the peace and solitude I need to write. And there’s the pleasure of the page and a cup of tea. The only cost is going to bed a little earlier and praying myself out of my warm nest when the alarm sounds.

I never was a morning person, until I started writing in earnest. Now I love it.

If you’re struggling to find time for your art, my advice is to claim the early morning. It’s worth every bit of the cost.

I lead writing and mindfulness workshops throughout the Bay Area. My approach is adaptable in many settings — from helping groups honor an important life event to assisting a business team in articulating a shared vision. Contact me to learn more. For information on my San Francisco real estate practice, visit my real estate blog, RealEstateTherapy.org or my business website, KindredSFhomes.com.