In Defense of Midnight Writers

22 May

I love it when I find scientific support for my bad habits.

From as early as I can remember, I’ve stayed up late at night reading. Then, somewhere along the way I started writing, too.  Fast forward a few years (or decades):  I started working through The Artist’s Way with my fellow Chicks.  I struggled with the morning pages – a key element in awakening creativity.  All that spilled out in the morning for me was junk.  Very uninspired.  But at night?  At night the ideas have always come without effort.

And guess what? It turns out there’s a reason for it. I just read an article in the May/June 2012 issue of Scientific American Mind that, in a study at Albion College, assistant professor of psychological science Mareike Wieth essentially found that creativity peaks at times of mental fuzziness.  Hello, midnight!  It’s the perfect time for me. Creatively, at least.

If you are like me, gravitating toward the page at night, then take heart.  And keep on writing!

7 Responses to “In Defense of Midnight Writers”

  1. Zen May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Well that explains why inspiration hits me when I’m dead tired or when I’m warm and comfortable in my bed.

    • pursuingthemuse May 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      So true! The other place inspiration hits me is when I’m driving. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m fuzzy minded when I’m behind the wheel 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  2. ticklingthemuse May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh, I am SO right there with you. Except when I have to have toothpicks to keep my eyes pried open. But usually, night time is MY time!

  3. Julie May 23, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Love it when science corroborates our bad habits – LOL. And my brother went to Albion College!

    • pursuingthemuse May 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      LOL. That’s cool about your brother, Julie. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Hannah Holt May 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Ha! But all those late nights make my mornings fuzzy too!

    • pursuingthemuse May 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      LOL, good one, Hannah!

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