The answer varies from writer to writer but here are a few discoveries of my own work.
I recently realized that my muse wakes up before my critic. That means as I roll out of bed I can grab my tablet and a cuppa Joe and spend some highly productive time being creative. I can write freely without my inner critic voicing his opinion, for he's still in bed for another hour or so.
And if I write before any family member wakes then I have private time with my muse, where we can have undisturbed conversations.
Normally, I work best by myself. I find others can interrupt my mojo and derail the creative thought process. This is similar to the way many people prefer to study alone, without interruptions. I do know many authors though that can write great works surrounded by people and chaos. You’ll need to find what works for you and exploit that opportunity.
Also, my muse likes to whisper to me at all times of the day and night, no matter where I’m at. My wife gets mad as I grab my phone and make a note on something my muse said to me, whether that be while we’re in the grocery store, walking in the park, or after we’ve gone to bed. My wife thinks I’m crazy and mentally distracted but it has nothing to do with me.
So where and when am I writing this article you ask?
I'm sitting outside on a patio, cup of coffee within reach, watching the first rays of light envelope the palm trees in view, while my family is still in REM cycle, on our last day of vacation. Yes, I bring my muse
with me no matter where I go.
I’ve been typing for nearly an hour and feeling ready to stop. But every time I close my iPad to enjoy the scenery and relax my muse whispers in my ear. 'Just another line,' she says as the words for another thought fill my head and pour onto the screen.
My muse is shy and as my family wakes she slowly pulls away from me. She had been walking around the room, thinking of ideas to share before leaning over my shoulder to whisper them to me. But now she retreats to an unoccupied corner to await for our alone time.
You need to experiment and review your results to find the best time to write. Although, ask a professional writer what’s the best time to put pen to paper and they will say when you have a project due.