Why You Shouldn’t Write Late At Night [Infographic]

Why You Shouldn’t Write Late At Night [Infographic]
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Whether it’s catching up on email, or working on a novel, the early morning or late hours of the night is when a lot of people finally start pecking their keyboard. But if you can help it, skip the late night sessions and save yourself some embarrassing mistakes and editing.

According to data collected by Grammarly, the free spelling and grammar checking tool, early bird writers have it right. Grammarly analysed over 1 billion writing mistakes that had been corrected by the tool, as well as when those mistakes occurred. They found that those who wrote in the early morning (4:00 am to 8:00 am) made far fewer spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes than those who wrote late at night (10:00 pm to 2:00 am).

They also found that writers made the fewest mistakes after lunch, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Additionally, their data suggests that misspelled words are the most common mistake when writing an email, accounting for more than half of all email mistakes.

If you’re going to do some writing, you might want to save it for the morning when your mind is refreshed and ready to focus. If you’re more of a night owl and like to write at night, at least consider doing another round of proofreading the next morning or after lunch. You can check out all the data in the graphic below.

Writing Showdown: Early Bird vs. Night Owl [Grammarly Blog]


  • I must have missed the part where they randomised for people who normally write in the morning vs normally write at night, without which the conclusion that you could place yourself in the better writing group by selecting morning or night is unfounded. As it reads now, it’s like saying “rich people have expensive things – you’re more likely to have money if you get some expensive things.”

    An equally valid conclusion would be that the type of people who make more mistakes do their writing at night.

    That said, I’m using the Grammarly Chrome plugin right now and do find it to be quite a useful tool.

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