Once upon a time, there was a girl. We'll call her "Peggy." She hated to go to bed at night. Her kids were all short sleepers, and never seemed to require much more sleep than she did herself. When they all finally lay nestled in her bed at the end of the day, Peggy was SO READY to accomplish all the things she couldn't seem to manage to accomplish during the day.
She became a night owl. In the dark of the night, all things seemed within reach.
Then one day, Peggy became a writer. She traded in all the things she used to get done after her kids went to bed at night for writing.
And all was well.
Until one day when Peggy realized that her brain actually goes into hibernate mode as soon as the kiddies are tucked in. The product of those late nights tended to be worthy only of the virtual trash heap of deleted words.
So Peggy decided that maybe, just maybe, being a night owl wasn't the most effective way to squeeze more time out of the day. So three months ago she decided to give being a Lark a try and started waking up at 5:45 a.m. She found that a fresh brain works much better for her than an end-of-the-day one.
(Now if we could only convince her that she can't be both a Lark AND a Night Owl...)
After sharing a room at a conference with a girl who stayed up writing into the wee hours of the morning while the rest of the hotel roommates slumbered, the girl Peggy wondered about the way writers are. Of course, writers have to grab time from wherever they can find it, but surely there is a time of day when each writer's brain works better and more efficiently than others. And now, she really wonders this question:
When it comes to writing, are you a Night Owl, or a Lark?
As the answer to this great life question has been keeping the girl Peggy awake at night, she'll be grateful to finally have the mystery revealed.