Monday, August 27, 2012

Insomniac Alert

What is it about being a writer that keeps us up at all hours of the night? I often find myself wide awake well after midnight, and whenever I go on Twitter it'll more than likely be filled with my writer friends having the same problem. Sometimes I attempt to go to bed at a decent hour, but all I do is stare up at the ceiling thinking about how I'm going to kill off a character, or if I'll get that long awaited email in the morning. I'm pretty sure we all have those problems.

I think most of you lovely people stay awake because the kids have gone to bed and it's your time to write. Others seem to get those creative juices flowing in the early hours of morning. Me? I suppose it all depends on where I'm at in my manuscript or if I'm brainstorming. Most of the time my mind is filled with all the different possibilities of where my writing will take me. Call it a daydream or whatnot.

It's fun to imagine where I'll be in a year. Heck! Even a month from now. So much has happened from the time I decided to plop myself in front of the computer and actually write something. That was a year ago last month, I do believe. I've learned so much, and I can't help but imagine what else could possibly happen.

There are about a million things that keep me awake at night, but I'm glad I have all of you to keep me company. Being an insomniac isn't too shabby when I've got a ton of Twitter friends to chat with.

What about you? Do you do most of your writing at night? What keeps you up?


  1. I find it a lot easier to stay up late (or most of the night) than getting up in the morning. I am definitely not a morning person (despite this comment coming at 7 am. I have to get up to get my daughter to school, which isn't a reflection on my natural tendencies).

    I love it when the house is quiet, and at 1 am the house is usually pretty darn quiet.

  2. I used to be a night owl until my thyroid went wonky. Now, when I get tired, it's like a wind up toy running out of power. I'm literally done. But before that, I used to stay up really late, sometimes 4AM. I love the quiet of the night, and miss it.

  3. @Laura Hughes, MittensMorgulYeah, I'm definitely a fan of a peaceful apartment. I tend to write when it's completely silent.

  4. @Feaky Snucker It's weird. I don't WANT to stay up that late, I just can't help it.

  5. I have one of those weird un alighned internal clocks, where my head goes ok its 11Pm lets go to bed, but once I'm in bed I can't sleep. I don't really stay up becuase I have stuff on my mind, or have things to do. I just don't get to sleep. A lot of the times, I end up mindlessly wondering the internet or watching some strange mundane boring show on TV. Usually fall asleep on the couch or at the computer after that.

  6. Ditto what Laura said. I'd much rather stay up at night than try to get up in the morning and work.

    I'm simply not a morning person; it just doesn't happen. No matter what time I go to bed (even if I do, by whatever miracle, manage to get to sleep at a decent hour) I still end up sleeping until like noon. Or, if I'm up somehow, I'm not nearly as productive. So, I figure I might as well stay up until 4 a.m., because I've got to get work done at some point--and eight hours of sleep is eight hours, even if it comes at weird times, right?

    Glad to know I'm not the only insomniac around :)

  7. Congratulations on hitting (and passing) your one-year anniversary of sitting down and making yourself write! May the next year be even more fruitful. And, yeah, thank goodness for Twitter. Facebook is often dead at that time, but Twitter's still hopping. It's kind of fun late at night, though, because it's a lot of the same people every evening (like you!). Gives it a sense of community that is lacking during, say, the Monday mid-morning Twitter feed frenzy.


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