Writing in the middle of the night

3 thoughts on “Writing in the middle of the night”

  1. I read something interesting once – and forgive me I’m going to be vague. The 2 to 3 a.m. hours have a tradition and a biological clock piece. The image in my head is that of an Edwardian gentleman sitting in his robe in a chair under a lamp and smoking his pipe.
    Ah. Here’s one article:http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16964783

    I used to write in the night and now don’t for the same reasons. Don’t want to disturb husband; etc. Although, from time to time, I slide out and come into the room with the electric teakettle, tea, and my journal.


  2. During this NaNonFiWriMo challenge, I’ve had several days when I could have easily gone to sleep but instead ducked into my office “for a few minutes.” Emerging hours later and finding that it’s 3am or 4am, I console myself with the wordcount achieved during the middle of the night. Writers write, as Harlan Ellison once said in my presence, because they must. If you are able to not write, you’re not a writer, he said, for writing is what writers do. That stuck with me, even though it’s been decades since I heard him say it.

    I’d like to say my sleep schedule is all off because of my wife’s extended absence while she recovers from surgery, but I’ve struggled to have a regular sleep schedule since the summer between senior year of high school and freshman year of college. At least now that my writing is keeping me busy, I have an excuse.


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