Saturday, April 16, 2011

A to Z: (N)ight Owls

Some of us just prefer living our lives in the dark. Speaking as a certifiable night owl, I've seen more sunrises before going to sleep than I've seen sunsets!

Why would I rather be awake at night? Along with 21 year olds with nothing better to do than drink the night away and vampires, the night offers a wide variety of oddities you just don't get during the day. The animals are different, the people are different. Have you ever walked through Wal-mart at 1am? You can see some pretty crazy things...

What does it have to do with writing, though? The same as usual. It adds diversity to your characters and the situations they find themselves in. Sometime, you should try it. Pick a night where you don't have to be up super early, and don't have anything in particular going on. Find yourself a good place that stays open late at night, or someplace busy enough to people watch, and stay up late. You may see some pretty unusal things.


  1. I am a day person, but somehow managed to produce one night-owl to my two heavy sleeper. He really is busy doing dishes and such, works productively, and is focused, but AT NIGHT. I am starting to see why he drove me crazy as a child.

  2. I tend to be a bit of a night-owl - especially if I'm on my own overnight! It's not that I don't want to go to sleep, just that I cram so much into my days that I'm inevitably up late! And if I don't have to be upearly for any reason the next day, well I'll stay up even longer!

    Arrived here via the 'surprise me' button on the A-Z challenge. Interesting blog - but I did jump when I first logged on here: you have the same background 'wallpaper' as me! I shall be following, when the follow 'button' allows - seems to be playing up at the moment!

    I look forward to reading what you've selected for 'P'!

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!


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