Just Call Me The Night Writer

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I’ve often called myself a nocturnal writer and I must admit that this is quite a complex situation since I am in no other way nocturnal except for the fact that I like to sleep. That’s it.

Come nine o’clock I’m ready to hit the sack. If I make it to ten I’m usually near passing out. If I somehow manage to survive that and stay awake until midnight, I may as well have poured myself ten margaritas. My words get all slurred and if you so much as move the right way I find you insanely funny. If you asked me to walk a straight line I would fail. Horribly.

It gets ugly, people.

Everyone that knows me knows that the night is not my friend.


It’s the most frustrating thing! No sooner does my head hit the pillow than some plot hole begins to fill and actual paragraphs and dialogue begin scrolling through my head. My characters always choose this time to give me their best lines which of course I forget unless I manage to wake up enough to actually write it down. That rarely happens.

Instead, I’m left trying to piece things together the next day.

I guess it’s just part of how I write. It’s not ideal, but I can’t change it 🙂 I’ve certainly tried.

What about you guys?? Any writing habits you wish you could change?

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  1. For some reason I can't sit down to write unless I know that I've done my house chores for the day. It's a sickness, I know. Regarding writing ideas that fall at night, I always keep a notepad and pen at my bedside just for those moments. I'm with you, I can't remember anything the next day 🙂

  2. If I haven't written in a goodish while, I will start having the most vivid dreams until one of them finally becomes a plot bunny. Then I look like Rochester's wife babbling and trying to write it all down before it gets away at, like, three in the morning.

  3. I'm exactly the same! I'll be drifting off to sleep and suddenly great ideas will drop into my mind. And I repeat them over and over, willing myself to remember. But by morning, most if the time they're gone. If I get an idea before we turn the light out, I'll scrawl it down in my notebook. My husband is often waiting for ten minutes or more. Maybe it happens because we've finally cleared our brains of any other distraction.

  4. I do my best writing late at night after the kids are asleep & everything that needs to be done around the house is completed. This never bothered me because it did not interfere with work or family. My problem is that I have taken off from work until Jan. 2012 so that I can edit my novel &get it ready for the query process. This shouldn't be a problem, right? I should have so much more time to write while I am not working. I just cannot seem to do productive writing/editing during the day. I can do a host of other things, but my writing is stale. Any ideas or suggestions for my weird problem?

  5. good to know we're not alone,
    I often drift to sleep with ideas crawling around and find it frustrating when something great is forgotten by the morning.

  6. I am a night writer as well. I agree with some of the earlier posts, that it is the time when the mind can relax. I think for me, it is the fact that the rest of the world goes quiet then. Television gets boring, cars stop going by, and very few people are likely to call or knock on the door. Perhaps part of the relaxation comes from knowing that I can work in an uninterrupted fashion.

  7. Grrr…blogger ate my comment.

    It's my theory that when the logical brain is tired, the creative brain finally has a chance to express itself.

    When that happens to me, I get up and write. Some of my best writing happens then, when the words pour from my fingers with little conscious thought.

    When the alarm goes off at 6:00am the next morning and I crawl off to work, at least I have the satisfaction of knowing that the story is that much closer to being finished.