10 Reasons Writers Are Definitely Creatures of the Night; Author Toolbox Post

  1. We function best with comfy, secluded, darkened spaces. In a house, there was a writing cave. Inside that writing cave, there was a desk. At that desk, there was an author and an empty notebook. Under that desk, there was a blanket fort, and in that blanket fort there was . . . a writer’s block. See? It just works.

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2. Random screams into the void have high probability. Also we’ll hiss at our Word program, to assert dominance, after it tries to autocorrect the character’s name for the fiftieth goddamn time.

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3. Highly developed sense of hearing means we pick up on and use the conversations we hear around us all the time. Especially you, Karen in line who is abusing the cashier for no real reason. Oh, yes. You are going into the next book.

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4. Specially adapted eyesight means we catch the personal quirks of random strangers to adapt into characters.

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5. We’re mostly shy, introverted, and prefer the cover of night.

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6. Shove us out into the light and we might dry up into a pile of melodramatic dust. It’s a risk. Don’t do it.

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7. We tend to scurry into darkened corners when placed in overly bright social situations.

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8. Flocks of us congregate online at late hours to debate minuscule facets of obscure writing advice.

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9. Writing is better than lying in bed, wide-eyed, watching the shadows dance and populating them with imaginary creatures.

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10. How else would we legitimize drinking coffee after 4pm?

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This post has been a bit of a silly addition to the Author Toolbox blog hop, because I’m exhausted trying to stay on top of the doom and gloom lately and wanted something light this month. Anyway the hop was created in 2017 and is hosted by author Raimey Gallant. Authors at all stages of their career are welcome to join, and don’t worry, the posts are much more helpful than this one might lead you to believe. Come to the dark side with us.

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Kerry A Waight

I enjoyed this bit of frivolity! Much needed! And I tend to agree with most of it – particularly Karen.

I just wished my lifestyle lent itself to me being the night owl my DNA wants me to be – lol.

JJ Burry

Love these reasons! It is easier to listen to people when birds aren’t chirping… I’m not sure about those crickets, though.

L. A. Lanquist

Hahaha! That was a fun post to read πŸ™‚

JQ Rose

Thanks for this! Fun, but oh so true!!
JQ Rose

Raimey Gallant

Fun post! For the record, I, a writer, am writing this comment at 12:44am. I also stopped seeing my reflection recently.

Sadira Stone

Funny! I actually write best when I can set up camp outdoors. Today I hammered out 2500 words while writing on the patio–a huge number for my distractible Quarantimes self.

Raimey Gallant

Hey! Just stopping by quickly right now and I’ll be back to read later, but wanted to mention you might want to add something about the blog hop to the post title so everyone knows which post to click into for the hop.

Noor Anand Chawla

Hahaha! I’m not really one to hide from the world but I did enjoy reading your light post. It was a good change from everything.

Jimmy Kindree

Light is good, especially these days. Best wishes, and hang in there. Thanks for the fun post!

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