Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Wakerife

Why is it that some people are the most productive in the early morning and that others cannot put a coherent sentence together before ten o'clock? I definitely fall into the second group. Now, I might consider that if I went to bed before two o'clock in the morning that I could get up early the next day, be well-rested, and think clearly. Not so! I've tried just such an approach--going to bed at 10pm and getting up at 6am--and it was quite unsuccessful. My brain just was not meant to work that early no matter how much sleep I've had. I've discovered that many of my most successful writing sessions have been between the hours of 11pm and 2am. I am fine with this discovery. I embrace it. Those hours are the most quiet and peaceful of the day. Those hours also have the virtue of being completely uninterrupted by the phone, the doorbell, my sweet kids, the exterminator, the UPS truck, and every other event that takes a creative thought from my head and scrambles it.

So, to the bafflement of my husband, I live like an owl at least three nights a week.

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