Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Writing During Vampire Hours -- Secrets Writers Keep By Connie Vines #Writing Tips, #NightOwls, #Cowboys, #Western Romance, #Fantasy


Vampire Hours?

According to the Urban Dictionary:

When someone keeps vampire hours, they are awake all night and sleep all day. They are unreachable by phone, text, or social media during daylight hours when the rest of their friends are up.

While I do not sleep all day...  

"I don't 'rise' from my bed at sunrise, either.  😎. 

🌞 vs. 🧛

The conventional wisdom is that morning people are high achievers and go-getters, while late risers are lazy. But what if going to bed in the wee hours is actually an advantage?

🕯  On the school site before 7:00 a.m. was my day job (my-oh-my was that torture.) until I recently retired.

The Wonder Years

Staggering into the kitchen, adjusting the curtains so that I was not blinded by the sunrise. And wondering how I was going to get through the day on 4 or maybe 5 hours of sleep.

Wondering: Would I wake up if I spent my lunch break in the car and fell asleep?  

Wondering why I could only write at night? Life would be simpler if I could write during my lunchtime. Le Sigh.


While I don't broadcast to the world, I write until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning; nothing goes unnoticed when you live in the burbs. 😎 

Everyone is up at sunrise going to work or working in his/her front yard. 

I wear sunglasses at 10 a.m. when I check the mail. No one 'sees me' until an hour or two before sunset when I sit on my front patio with a cup of coffee. 

They all seem to go to bed (all lights out between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.) not long after sunset.

My sweet neighbor across the street said, "Whenever I get up at night, your lights are still on..."

"I know..." 😉

🦇 Writing should never be a race to the finish. It should be an extended immersion in a hot tub or a relaxing meditation. Good writers write at night because it's devoid of distraction, there's nothing else left to do in the day, and there's no one else to hurry to.

🦇Bursts of inspiration like this at night frequently within the creative community. Writers, artists, and inventors throughout history have all said they've been most inspired during night-time— think of Tennesee Williams. He spent so much of the night writing he would be found asleep in his bed the next morning, still wearing the same clothes as the day before (source: Williams' notebooks). (Connie doesn't do this.)  


Do you have a favorite time you like to read?

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Happy Reading, everyone.

Connie Vines


Website: https://connievines-author.com/

Blog: http://mizging.blogspot.com/








  1. I read to take a break from writing a scene. i also read before I go to bed. I'm up late at night and am up by seven each morning. Writing is done in fits and starts. Write when you must.

  2. I used to be a night-owl, while my husband rose with the sun. Night was my "me" time, and his personal time was in early morning. After the divorce, I noticed that I was more inspired in the morning, and after lunch I felt sluggish, so I experimented. I found out that morning is my best writing time. Also, since I live in Arizona, the time difference with the East Coast is 2 or 3 hours, depending on the season, so getting up early had more advantages. Nowadays, I go to bed by 11:30 pm and I get up around 6:30 am, trying to get 7 hours of sleep. It seems to work for me.

  3. I like to read at any hours of the day, or night, but I'm more productive writing at night when the house is asleep :)


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