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N – Night

I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark – the perfect time for creativity.
Jonathan Harnisch, Porcelain Utopia

I confess. I am a night owl. I like staying up until the wee hours. I love to write that late. I’ve not observed any difference in my writing based on the time of day, so it must be a psychological effect. Still, when it’s dark out and all the neighbors are asleep, the creative part of my mind easily opens and delivers.

I imagine the larks of the world feel the same way in the early morning when they are alert. How would this quote have been written had the author been a lark? As the day gets moving and people appear everywhere, do the larks relish the busyness the way I relish that silent quality of 2 a.m.?

Are you a lark or a night owl? How does that affect your writing schedule? How strong is your preference to write in the morning or at night?

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5 thoughts on “N – Night

  1. I am a lark, for certain. I like to get up early before any part of the world is distracting me. I don’t often get a chance to write in the morning, but I take notes as the thoughts form.

    • I often wish I were more of an early bird and not a night owl. But my habits have recently shifted toward earlier morning because of work. Maybe I should try writing then.

  2. Oh, how I’ve missed my sarcastic muses! I’ve always been a lark…so much so, that my college roommate informed me that come 9 pm, I become “an inoperable wench.” I so wish I could stay up late, but just can’t do it. The only thing I want to do @ night is sleep.

    But, I’m at my laptop come 5 am to write. I love how quiet and still the world is. Plus, I’m rested, but not still fully awake, so I write in almost a dreamlike state. It’s just what you’re talking about, Robyn, except it’s at 5 am (not 2 am) and after a full night’s sleep.

    • I think morning writers have a great blessing in the use of the “dream state brain.” I’ve experienced it a few times and know my imagery was better going from bed to the page. It works until someone speaks to me or I have to speak. That dreamlike state is awesome, isn’t it? I’m so glad I can get there when I’m sleepy as well since I can’t seem to go to bed early lol.

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