Night owl #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

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NNight owl 

Today mainly relates to writing binges, and since my binges invariably happen during the night, I took a few liberties with the title. What can I say? I’m a night owl. Although it’s fair to say that many a creative soul would fall into the same category. Either that or an early bird – those up at the crack of dawn with a spring in their step and a muse on their back! In either case there are less people around to interrupt! 

I’m not a particularly disciplined writer. Perhaps if I followed a schedule, I’d get more done. But I’ve found that I’m more productive when I follow my inner clock, the rebellious gatekeeper controlling my creativity. It flows without restraint…perhaps because there aren’t any! 

Still, it’s not entirely healthy when I give in to the urge and binge on words throughout the night. It’s like a writing delirium, when I can’t stop because the ideas are coming so thick and fast I can’t keep up. It’s almost like something takes over. When the fog finally clears, and I’m hovering somewhere between elation and exhaustion, I’m surprised at the results on the page.  

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Melissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative universe, or a world where anything can happen – and often does – there is always an element of romance. Melissa is currently residing in the North of England with her two daughters, and when not writing, is fulfilling her other role as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

8 thoughts on “Night owl #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

  1. I enjy writers who can write by night. I’ve never been able to. I tried, years ago, but when I realised I had to rewrite everything in the morning, every single time, I decided I’d better just write in the mornign directly.
    I do follow a schedule. I’m forced to. Because I work in the afternoons and I can’t write by night, I need to write in the morning, before going to work. But it works for me, so i don’t complain 🙂

    1. I am getting better at scheduling, so I’m grateful for that because, with my stubborn nature (I’ll write when the spirit moves me) and my hectic schedule, I’d never get anything done!

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