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Thank You and Night Writing

Thank you to all the readers who’ve made the first week of our launch such a success!

It has been SOOOO exciting.  I hope you all keep coming back-we have lots of fun in store.  The winners of this week’s prizes will go up late this afternoon and we start a new week of prizes this week.  I designed something special just for our visitors. 

I’m especially getting a kick out of the readers and writers following the links back here.  I’m sure there is a lot of “Who is Rinda Elliott?” going on.  Why is she in there with these multi-published authors?  Well?  Short answer is they know of me since we share the same agent and they invited me.  I jumped at the chance to work with them.  Honestly, these writers really do kick ass in writing.  I’ve watched a couple slam through word counts that have my head spinning–and I’m no shrinking violet on that front.  I’m honored to be a part of this and can’t wait until my book covers start sprouting up on that book page of ours.

We had lots of sickness in the house this week and between that and the Dames, I spent my days a bit distracted.  But…I’ve been making it up at night.  I’m in the process of changing the story, so it takes true concentration.  (Word count sharing will restart this week!)

So, here are the top 10 reasons I love writing at night.

1. It’s quiet.

2. I don’t feel the need to clean.

3. I don’t feel the urge to cook–something I do when I get stumped in the writing.

4. I don’t expect calls or emails from school. (Yes, I have a child who takes a little extra work. This child is beautiful, wonderful, creative and easily bored-much like the mommy-well, the easily bored part anyway <g>–so, I end up spending some days dealing with these issues.)

5. I’m not worrying about job hunting or how I’ll be there for all the “unique child issues if I’m back in an outside office” or worse, worrying about people I love who are worrying about their job hunting-this economy SUCKS.

6. The dark helps me to block for some reason. I’m comfortable in the dark and this may say something weird about me as a person, but I don’t give a crap. It works.

7. Kids are either in bed or doing their own thing-I’m not interrupted! (I love them, but I desperately need the quiet for my mind time.)

8. If you turn the lights out and put earphones over your ears-as loud as you want–you can disappear and not miss something important-like that call from the school, or someone at your door…or, um, THE CALL.

9. Don’t have a lot of TV I watch-daytime either for that matter. I like movies.  I do have to convince myself NOT to put on a movie for noise in the background.  I inevitably pick a favorite like Practical Magic, The Last Mimzy, The Whole Nine Yards or Jurassic Park and then over an hour goes by without the old fingers moving.

10. Okay.  It breaks down to one real answer.

I like night.  Love the night. I write about things that prefer the dark, so it only makes sense that I’m comfortable there.  Yes, I kind of covered this in #6, but it warrants more than one section.

I am able to set aside the worries.  The night is mine.  I can curl up somewhere comfy and warm in my favorite pajama pants and forget that I live in this world ravaged by an economy gone bad. For a little while, I can immerse myself in the world I create. 

A place where hard choices are made… but happy endings are possible.


  1. January 25, 2009    

    Well said. Especially #2! I’ve been doing that non-stop today. I need a shower just to loosen the dust embedded in my nostrils. 😉

  2. serenityjknutson serenityjknutson
    January 25, 2009    

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your post! I, too, have always been a night-writer. I can’t identify just what it is, but my brain just seems to shift into a different gear once the sun is down and the family is in bed. Perhaps it is simply that: I am all alone, and in these hours, I am me. Regardless, I have fallen out of the writing habit in recent years, and I am now attempting to get back in the swing of things. Spending the night at my keyboard over the last couple of weekends has definitely reawakened a few certain brain cells!


  3. January 25, 2009    

    You know, I write better when it is dark out, too. My prime writing time is from 4 AM – 7 AM and then again after 7 PM until bedtime. I spent Sep 08 thru mid Jan 09 unemployed, and still mostly wrote at those times. Weird, huh?

  4. January 25, 2009    

    Tom, welcome to my website. 😉 My father is also a writer and he gets up to write at the same hours before he goes to work. He keeps a steady output at all times and I believe it’s because he’s trained his mind to be in work mode at those times daily.

    When I set up specific hours–the same hours daily–for writing, I always keep a consitent output.

    Serenity, I think you said it right there. You are you at night. During the day, we have so many responsibilities, it’s hard to disappear into our own heads. At night, we can push all those responsibilities into the darkness around us and just focus on our thought. Welcome to my blog, too!

    Heather, when I’m truly blocked, my house sparkles. Makes my husband torn. He loves the sparkly house, but hates when I’m not writing. LOL!

  5. Chad Chad
    January 27, 2009    

    Hey sexy nightowl, I think night is the best time to work. Since you work at night can i come over to your house during the day.

  6. January 27, 2009    

    Alas, this night owl is very happily married.

  7. January 27, 2009    

    This place is like e-Harmony or something. Hey, how about UF-Harmony? LOL

  8. January 27, 2009    

    It’s not normally. This is a blog about writing and one writer’s life. I’m pretty sure that’s someone joking around.

  9. January 28, 2009    

    Okay people, the creepy Chad comment was from my evil sister playing a joke on me. The beating will now commence!!!

  10. January 28, 2009    

    Wahoo! Sibling on sibling violence! This is beter than Network TV.

  11. January 28, 2009    

    She’s a gym junkie, so it’s possible she can kick my butt. But… I’m WAY more sinister than she thinks and have a LOT of determination. heh heh

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