In Praise of 5 a.m.

On writing with children when you’re not a morning person by nature

Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945, LIFE Magazine

When I first began to ask women about their writing lives once they had children, five o’clock in the morning came up a lot.

My internal response was anguish. Is rising at an ungodly hour what a creative life would require? Take my body, my independence, and sleeping in on Saturdays. But to…