Archive for the ‘Writing time’ Category

☞ Not everyone writes at night (the previous blogpost below). Here’s Roxana Robinson on when she writes:

❝The reason the morning is so important is that I’ve spent the night somewhere else.❞

In the morning, I don’t talk to anyone, nor do I think about certain things.

I try to stay within certain confines. I imagine this as a narrow, shadowy corridor with dim bare walls. I’m moving down this corridor, getting to the place where I can write.

I brush my teeth, get dressed, make the bed. I avoid conversation, as my husband knows. I am not yet in the world, and there is a certain risk involved in talking: the night spins a fine membrane, like the film inside an eggshell. It seals you off from the world, but it’s fragile, easily pierced.

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☞ Is night the best time to write?

What is it about night and storytelling?

Unless it is raining, I do not know what it is about the day that is not always the best time to write. Maybe, it is too bright outside. Maybe, the light is a distraction, not blinding, just distracting. Maybe it is too busy and noisy during the day or during business hours or the hustle and bustle.

Maybe it is because during the night things slow down. Dusk sets the tone. It calms the day down. It is quieter. It is easier to think. I do not know. Maybe it is just a more romantic time of the day. Maybe it is the lamp which dimly lights the room like a bar. Maybe it is that perfect amount of low light. Whatever it is the night certainly puts me in the writing mood. The night puts me into the story. Whatever it is I am more comfortable writing. My thoughts flow more easily with a soft buzz. I am more poetic with prose. I feel the romance of the story or storytelling or both. If I could compare the mood I would compare it to the soft, slow, distant sound of jazz.

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