Writing in the Middle of the Night

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  1. seicheprey profile image59
    seichepreyposted 12 years ago

    So, evidently this was booted off the questions, and thus I repeat it here: does anyone else get up in the middle of the night to write?

    1. BobbiRant profile image59
      BobbiRantposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I do quite often. I work from home and fine it nice an quiet late at night or the wee hours of the morning.

    2. poetvix profile image56
      poetvixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      All the time.  I think I write better then.  It's quiet and no one disturbs me because everyone else is asleep.

    3. James Trageser profile image61
      James Trageserposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'm up for 48-72 hours straight Writing/Reading on the Computer...  Trust me, I know the feeling.  Been up for 48 hours as of the posting of this reply  wink


    4. James Trageser profile image61
      James Trageserposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes night is best for working if you have kids/a family and can't seem to find any other time to get anything done.  Any parent knows exactly what I mean  big_smile

    5. Meisjunk profile image75
      Meisjunkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I do everything better in the middle of the night! smile I'll get up to do chores haha. I prefer doing them in the middle of the night so that I'm not bothering anyone as I'm doing them and because the extra quiet gives me more time to think. My best time for writing though is in the shower. XD I've taken to putting a notepad and a pen next to the tub.

    6. sharmaira83 profile image40
      sharmaira83posted 12 years agoin reply to this


    7. mariefontaine profile image59
      mariefontaineposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have to.  My muse will  not leave  me alone if I don't get up.  I will roll over and have a stanza in my head and if I don't get up and write it out, my muse reminds me that I will forget it in the morning.  I prefer to refer to my Muse as a she... anyway....she tells me she won't remind me in the morning so I better get up now.  Her and I have a love/hate relationship

      1. fancifulashley profile image69
        fancifulashleyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I know how you feel. I always get that spark of inspiration right as I am about to fall asleep. I have a voice recorder by my bed. That way I can just speak what is on my mind, without having to turn on the lights or move too much. Makes falling asleep much easier.

    8. Finn mac Faelan profile image60
      Finn mac Faelanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I do some of my best work late at night. Fiction writing especially gets a boost because things are quiet, the conscious mind is dulled, and the subconscious mind more easily comes to the fore to gush forth its creativity. Imaginative writing becomes much more easy and productive when the CM is not in there trying so hard and interfering with the creative process.

    9. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Not to write hubs, but I write poetry in the wee hours. I love the quiet, almost like an ethereal silence.
      If I'm writing a hub, it's generally during the day.

    10. dramae profile image41
      dramaeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      yeah i do sometimes, specially when I have an idea i'd hate to loss it

    11. Jeni Wilson profile image61
      Jeni Wilsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      My best writing comes in the middle of the night. I wish I could have that level of inspiration late afternoon, when all I want to do is sleep.  My body clock is a bit backwards!

  2. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 12 years ago

    Been there. Done that. smile

  3. Hyphenbird profile image84
    Hyphenbirdposted 12 years ago

    Sometimes. But usually I am up until the wee hours then fall into bed after writing for hours.

  4. Happyboomernurse profile image82
    Happyboomernurseposted 12 years ago

    Yes, now that I'm retired and don't have to get up early. Writing late at night, especially if I've pampered myself with an afternoon nap, is my most productive hours for reading and writing as there are no distractions.

  5. Thelma Alberts profile image88
    Thelma Albertsposted 12 years ago

    I don´t get up in the middle of the night to write but I stay late sometimes until 2 am writing. I just forgot the time.

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    will345davisposted 12 years ago

    I do most of my writing at night actually. Both of my roommates are in bed. My puppy is tuckered out. I'm left alone with nothing but the sound of the air conditioner and some classical music. I've had many nights that I get so involved in my work that I don't even realize what time it is until I see the sun rising.

  7. Jonathan Janco profile image60
    Jonathan Jancoposted 12 years ago

    I write some of my very best stuff betweem 1 and 5 in the morning.

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 12 years ago

    If I ever get up in the middle of the night, it's to eat something.  Which is why I remain asleep.  But when I wake up, I do write down ideas or dreams as I remember them before getting out of bed.  Which is why I keep blank notebooks and pens right next to my bed.  Sometimes, I'll get ideas before I fall asleep, and I write those down.  Many times, my husband has found me asleep with pen and paper in my hands.

  9. FloraBreenRobison profile image60
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 12 years ago

    I am my most creative in the evenings until about 1am

  10. chanroth profile image48
    chanrothposted 12 years ago

    yes I do. I woke up with an idea out of know where and start writing. Sometime I don't want to bother my fiance so I would go to the bathroom and write. Sometime in the middle of class time I write or when I'm in shower and got an idea, I grab my phone and voice record it so I remember what to write after I done. I honestly need to stop that or else its going to be a habit.

  11. JayeWisdom profile image88
    JayeWisdomposted 12 years ago

    This is no problem for the retiree with insomnia who doesn't have to rise early to go to an office or other job. Ha! If I can't sleep late at night and am not reading a book I can't bear to put down, heading for the computer is the next best activity. As a lifelong "night owl", my mind seems to work better in the late hours anyway. I especially handle revision better in the wee hours. Although I was known to do this even when I did have to get up early for my job (prior to retirement), I sometimes feel as though I've been "let out of school" because I no longer have to let that old alarm clock rule my life!


  12. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 12 years ago

    I get some great creative energy in the middle of the night sometimes and I write or design or do beadwork - but if I'm writing I must remember the next morning to edit it carefully, as it often is just plain weird, since my nighttime thoughts are really like dreaming!  fun, though.

  13. BakerRambles profile image71
    BakerRamblesposted 12 years ago

    I love writing on the middle of the night, it's not 8 in the morning and I have college and work the rest of the day from 9am-12midnight, but I was up at 3am this morning writing.  I love it, it's a passion and I feel as though creativity flows better when your body gets tired, the neurological mind gets a chance to outperform, I believe leading to better work.

  14. Hunbbel Meer profile image76
    Hunbbel Meerposted 12 years ago

    Writing in the middle of a night always brings better results for me. Words came flowing into my mind and then it feels a lot easier to write anything.

  15. miss_jkim profile image75
    miss_jkimposted 12 years ago

    It seems the muses only come out at night, or in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes I'll write until very late, sometimes my mind is so abuzz with words that I can't get to sleep. So, I just get up and write.

  16. Amber Colleen profile image61
    Amber Colleenposted 12 years ago

    I get up and write in the middle of the night if I can't sleep (I've had issues with insomnia in the past, not too bad, but a bit). Usually the writing's not very good cause I'm always groggy when I can't sleep, but it helps my brain calm down and helps me fall asleep faster. (Oddly enough).

  17. schoolgirlforreal profile image80
    schoolgirlforrealposted 12 years ago

    I used to when I stayed up till 3 am...but now I got things to get up early for but I do prefer , at least I did, to stay up at night.

  18. Cardisa profile image88
    Cardisaposted 12 years ago

    When I lived alone it was much easier to do so. It's hard to do so now with your partner there.....you know how it is...lol

  19. rembrandz profile image80
    rembrandzposted 12 years ago

    Yes I suddenly had some time on hand...and started writing more on hubpages...so to make good the time I have...I land up much into the morning...I don't write full-time as in making a living...rather am an artist who writes mostly about art and creatives...so it's physically draining.

  20. BlackBeautyVega profile image61
    BlackBeautyVegaposted 12 years ago

    I recently began writing again. And the best time is to write in the middle of the night. Especially when you live in a 24/7 Town. I am always up late and certainly feel more alive in the wee hours of the morning.

  21. lovelypaper profile image60
    lovelypaperposted 12 years ago

    I don't anymore but I used to when I was keeping notebooks full of fiction and poetry trying to get published. Now, I'm quite happy to write the occational article for Hubpages.

  22. Trish_M profile image81
    Trish_Mposted 12 years ago

    I often write ~ or read ~ in the middle of the night smile

  23. sassyk73 profile image72
    sassyk73posted 12 years ago

    I am guilty as charged wink I drive my hubby crazy.

  24. iviskei profile image72
    iviskeiposted 12 years ago

    Every night~ I'm nocturnal and like the quiet, so when everyone goes to bed I am free to roam the house. So midnight is usually the best time for me to write. No attention craving 9 year old, no screaming baby, no parents always looking over my shoulder....it's bliss.

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    Poetic Foolposted 12 years ago

    Most definitely.  Those hours are often when my mind is most clear and fertile.  It just wreaks havoc on the rest of the day though!

  26. MichelleA2011 profile image61
    MichelleA2011posted 12 years ago

    I have heard of people getting up in the middle of the night to write . . . I never really have . . . I don't sleep well to begin with, and when I can't sleep, I can't think and I won't be able to write. I used to be an early morning writing, but a bad bout of writer's block knocked that out of me for a while, so now I write when I get the chance, no matter the time of day . . . or night.

  27. cre8ivOne profile image69
    cre8ivOneposted 12 years ago

    Funny you ask.  For some strange reason I find clarity and the words just seem to flow more easily late at night.

  28. Vinaya Ghimire profile image79
    Vinaya Ghimireposted 12 years ago

    Yes, sometimes I abandon my bed, boot the computer and begin to type in the middle of night.

  29. Susci profile image57
    Susciposted 12 years ago

    I'm a journalism graduate that's why I am used to write in the middle of the night. That's actually the time where I write a lot because I find the environment cool and peaceful. When I was in college, I barely sleep becuase I have lots of things to do and deadlines to meet. That's why writing at night is never a big hassle for me.

  30. Trish_M profile image81
    Trish_Mposted 12 years ago

    I find it quite reassuring that I am not the only one smile smile

  31. emichael profile image61
    emichaelposted 12 years ago


    I find I'm less inhibited for some reason when I write really late, or wake up suddenly with an idea. During the day I am thinking of things that keep me very grounded in the moment and the immediate realities of the day. But there is something about the middle of the night that dissolves all of that.

    It's like walking into one of Shakespeare's forests. Dreams seem more real and reality is like a fog that has lifted.

  32. kaydenlee profile image60
    kaydenleeposted 12 years ago

    I don't often get up in the middle of the night to write, but I find that I stay up - late into the night, early morning writing. When it flows, you have to keep going. A lot of my ideas form though, as I lay down to sleep. Maybe I'm just too lazy to get back up.

  33. prektjr.dc profile image76
    prektjr.dcposted 12 years ago

    Well....it is 2 am and I am here now!  I love the stillness of the night and it's ability to coax my mind out to play!  The sound of the cicadas and the hum of the air conditioner are my musical background that accompany the clicking of the keyboard.  There is no phone, no neighbors, no traffic, no television and no family to interrupt and beg for attention!  It is a playground for the mind!

  34. PDXKaraokeGuy profile image82
    PDXKaraokeGuyposted 12 years ago

    u never know when the muse is going to strike. I've been known to leave my cozy bed and leave my smokin hot wife sleeping to play my guitar or write a poem or story or whatever. I'm certainly no stranger to writing at night

  35. kimberlyh32 profile image62
    kimberlyh32posted 12 years ago

    I am often distracted during the day by the many things going on around me.  I am usually exhausted by the time I get to bed, but it is also the only time I seem to be able to focus without interruption.  My best ideas usually come to me at night and so I often find myself getting up to write despite my tiredness.  I fear if I do not write down my ideas than I will lose them by the time the morning comes and I am once again overcome by the distractions of daily life.

  36. profile image58
    dust2duskposted 12 years ago

    For whatever reason, I seem to hit my peak of inspiration around 2am. Staying up late seems very conducive to creative writing for me. Whether this is because my rational brain is winding down or not, I don't know, but I have my suspicions. I don't usually wake up with the urge to write unless I've had an especially vivid and unusual dream. I tend to sleep straight through the night unless I'm especially stressed or restless.

  37. profile image53
    Thrimdexposted 12 years ago

    Any of you can tell me how can i improve my grammatical error.

  38. PabstPenrose profile image60
    PabstPenroseposted 12 years ago

    Every story I have ever written has been after midnight. I'm not sure if it's the privacy, or what. But, I get out of the shower or whatever and sit down and type something up until it's done.

  39. freecampingaussie profile image63
    freecampingaussieposted 12 years ago

    Often around 2am I wake up with ideas . If I cannot get back to sleep fairly soon then I make a cup of tea and write , or if I can sleep I wake up early and write.

  40. louiseelcross profile image88
    louiseelcrossposted 12 years ago

    I am up all night writing then exhausted all day when I write some more, but I love it.

  41. profile image52
    ps acainaichposted 12 years ago

    I am glad to see that I am not the only one that rises in the middle of the night to write. For years I have been ridiculed by my family for this and have even been told that nothing but evil comes from the witching hour. If that’s the case, let me ride on my broom forever and cast spells with the written word…lol…


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