Perhaps its the anxiety or maybe just the voices in my head, but when I sit down to write, my internal editor is at least 80% louder than my creative muse–that is, before midnight. I’ve heard that at a certain time of night–or rather, at a certain level of tiredness–the rational side of your brain turns off: this is why many artistic types are night owls because the creative side is suddenly given the chance to take full reign. I’m no science expert (so science side of Tumblr, correct me if this is wrong) but I have to give the theory my full support because any time prior to the tick-tock of midnight, I feel absolutely brain dead.
That’s not to say I can’t get anything done; motivated by productivity and busy nearly 24/7, I spend my days working–editing, completing tasks, homework, chores, or, on those rare occasions, actually going out and having a social life–but I always feel like I’m waiting for the sun to go down before I can ever get to my “real work.” On any given day, I can spend hours just staring at the computer, waiting for my muse to come, waiting for inspiration to strike, and I’ve tried everything. I have detailed playlists ready and waiting for each story, music to really set the writing mood; I have designated writing “places”–and once I find that strange little corner that even once produce a page of work, I’ll go back time and time again until I wear off the magic. So what gives? Is my inner-writer really that set on an exact schedule?
Perhaps I’m a creature of habit, or perhaps Hemingway’s saying of “write drunk, edit sober” also applies to “write tired, edit in the morning” but either way, I foresee a very sleep-deprived life ahead of me. Here’s to hoping it’s worth it.
Or…try blackout curtains or blinds. I typically write in a dark room (thus, the blog name) so that I am wholely focused on the computer screen.
No internet. No phone. Just the screen and me. And, that works just fine.
No need to wait for midnight.
Writing in a dark room
The website of dark fantasy and horror writer A.M. Rycroft