I am NOT a Morning Person

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?

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9 comments

  1. Ava Jae says:

    I never used to be a morning person. I hated getting up early with a burning passion (so you can imagine how much I loved getting up for school at 6AM in middle and high school) and I would sleep in at every opportunity. When I knew I could sleep in the next day, I often stayed up until midnight because I figured why not? I can just sleep in tomorrow, anyway.

    But then–and I don’t know what changed–I started waking up at 8AM, wide awake. I know that’s not terribly early, but for someone who often slept in until 10, it was a big change.

    So I started making my mornings productive. And I found out I loved it. Who knew?

    Don’t force yourself to try to be a morning person–you know what’s best for you. But if you really want to be one, don’t lose hope. You never know when your internal clock might change.

    Or maybe not. I wouldn’t stress about it either way.

  2. Francesca Zappia says:

    I wouldn’t say I’m not a morning person, but I’m definitely not a morning writer. If I wake up any later than 8 AM, I feel like I’ve wasted the day, but I can’t force myself to start writing until 4PM, at the earliest. >.< Tis a cruel cycle.

    I love your blog, by the way. It's so clean!

  3. Alison Miller says:

    I am a morning person, but don’t understand why you need to become one. It seems you have a job that allows flexibility in when you write. If you’re more productive at night, then write at night! There, you have my permission. 🙂

  4. Katy Upperman says:

    As you already read in my post, I’m more of a morning person. But, I try to stay up until at least 11 either reading, blogging or writing. Sometimes I envy you crazy late, late night people who can write cohesively until the the sun starts to rise. 🙂

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