YA Highway has asked a great question this week–one that I’ve been trying to figure out for myself: What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early Worm? Night Owl ? Any five seconds you can grab?
The world is heavily biased toward morning-folk. So much so that I’ve been trying to force myself into that mold for years. When I have a formal, be-there-everyday-or-you’re-fired job, I find that it’s easier to heed my alarm clock. When I have a less formal, you-can-wear-pajamas-and-work-whenev job, I press snooze more times than I could possibly admit.
I’m just not a morning person. At all. I hope that one day I will be, and that the morning world will somehow open its treasures up to me so I can understand why everyone likes it so damn much. As is, I prefer nighttime.
Since I also do freelance writing, I tend to do a lot of writing during the day. Unfortunately, I think I do my best fiction writing at night. Late, late at night. There’s something about those hazy, dry-eyed early morning hours that piques my creativity. But I’ve been fighting against what I know to be my best rhythms, mostly because I feel downright lazy when I wake up past 9 am. Even if I didn’t go to bed until 3 am, I still feel like getting up anytime after 9 am is embarrassing.
Not to mention the pressure from self-imposed guilt. My husband, he of the 9-5 job that allows me to pursue my ill-paying passion, goes to bed just before midnight. Most nights I go to bed with him–even when I’m not tired. Even when I know that I’ll stay awake in bed for hours, trying to sleep. I just feel guilty when I stumble into bed at 3 am, because I don’t want to wake him up. And I feel even more guilty when he texts me at 10 am and I’m still not awake.
Apparently, somewhere along the line, someone beat this morning person propaganda into me and I can’t make it stop.
Anyone else have trouble being a morning person?