I’m a night owl. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve seen my fair share of sunrises, and there are days I like mornings, but for the most part, I feel my most creative and alive at night.
For me, there’s nothing like sitting alone at night with my laptop or a notebook, and writing. I love the quiet stillness of night. Sometimes I imagine that I’m the only person who’s awake, which isn’t a bad thing when I’m staying awake on purpose. (Though I hate it when I wake up at 3 a.m. and can’t get back to sleep.)
I love writing horror, and something about night makes everything scarier, makes it easier to imagine the bogeyman. One of my favorite villains as a kid was Freddy Krueger, the original master of the night. The night becomes like a living thing.
At night, no one I know is on Facebook and Twitter, so even the internet “quiets” down. I can unplug, without actually unplugging.
That’s one of the reasons I love camping. When we camp, night is allowed to fall naturally. We light a campfire, not to keep the darkness away, but because that’s what people do in the dark. While we might chatter on under electric lights, enveloped by the night, the pace seems slower, more contemplative.
I love watching the stars and the moon, and seeing a shooting star is always a wonderful bonus.
Do you prefer night or day?
I prefer day – but you made me think of years ago, when I did tent camping with my husband and son. Night was a time of watching stars, making s;mores round the campfire, and hearing animals outside your tent after you turned in. It’s been years since I’ve seen the Milky Way or a decent night sky (where I live, way too many lights). But a good sunrise or sunset? That’s my favorite time, along with what photographers call the “golden hour” right after sunrise or before sunset- when objects literally glow.
Sunrise and sunset are pretty wonderful.
I’m a night bird too. I try very hard not to think of horror or scary subjects though as that’s not my thing. But I do enjoy the peace and quiet of the late night hours and I seem to do good work then.
There’s nothing else like it, is there?
We are opposites here! But I understand how you feel. I enjoy being the first one up in the mornings, when the house and neighborhood are still quiet. When I get things accomplished during that time (while I’m still in my pajamas!) I feel like I have a head start on the day!