Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Night Writer

Yes, I'm up late again writing when I should be sleeping but I can't sleep. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow that I must keep and it is scheduled for early morning. Why couldn't I be an early riser by nature? I'm not a morning person.
So I stay up and write. I'm wide awake anyway. Tomorrow I will be "wide asleep", as my husband puts it.
Yesterday was not bad writing-wise. I wrote two poems and a short story. I now have to edit and send them off to a contest by the fourth. I may hand-deliver since I live close.
I still have a stack of things at which I plug away--quite cheerfully. I think I've gotten past the idea that writing is play and I don't have time to do it till my work is complete. I've made writing my work and yet I still play with it. I love writing. I can't help it. It was instilled within me by my Creator. It had to be. I was writing as a little girl, making up poems while I sat at the mill pond watching the water fall over the rocks and trickle over the moss which grew in abundance in my New England neighborhood.
A weird child, I would write in a graveyard because it was silent, or in the van with ear muffs, at the library or bookstore and alas to my mother's chagrin, I would hide under the covers at night with a flashlight reading a book or writing on a notepad. Some things never change. I hope this doesn't. I love writing. I don't intentionally choose to stay up all night but once in a while, I must because the words are there and the silence is golden.
I do need sleep though and must catch some zzzz's. So I leave you...with questions as always.
When do you write best? Where is the best setting? What images inspire you? Write soon. I'm dying to know. Are you a night owl too?


JoJo Tabares said...

I'm actually a morning person but for the last five or six years I've had insomnia so I'm up but for about 4hrs a day. The first two years I only got two hrs of sleep so I've gone from being almost incoherent to functional.

I usually get up around 3 or 4am and begin my day. I feel the same way as you do about writing. I often wake up with an article blazing through my head or an idea for Foot in Mouth Man. Many chapters of my book are written in my sleep or practically so.

Damaria Senne said...

I write best early in the morning starting before 5am, and in the night after eight. I love the quiet, and the feeling that I am alone. I am a night owl, but I also got addicted to the idea of waking up early in the morning. It's so very relaxing to see 8am roll in and know you've written one or two articles already, your correspondence is done and you can go with the flow for the rest of the day.

Cindy Holman said...

I do some of my best writing at night! I use to prowl around - not so much lately - but I have done it ;)

Janine / Being Brazen said...

i probably write best when im all alone and in a quiet place...then i find my head just starts thinking more clearly.