Lark Or Owl?

Are you a morning lark or a night owl? A morning lark is up early in the day, rolling out of bed full of energy and ready to tackle the work of the day. A night owl finds higher energy levels and the ability to form sensible sentences out of words to be easier later in the day and into the evening.

I know a lot of writer advice begins with something that reads like this; rise at 5am while the day is young and begin writing. Do not stop until you have reached _______ (number of) words.

Let me tell you, if I rose at 5am to write, I’d still be struggling to reach three words by the time lunch rolled around. I’m a night owl and always have been. Mornings are not kind to me and the feeling is mutual. Cindy is a morning lark, or as I like to call her; Tigger. She bounces out of bed with boundless energy, fully awake and mind racing. It took a few years, but I finally convinced her, through a series of grunts, groans and sign language, that asking me any kind of question that required me to think was pointless if I hadn’t at least had my hot shower and some time to adjust to the ungodly light outside the windows.

Unfortunately, most of my adult life the jobs I have held and/or family responsibilities have required me to wake and work the opposite of my cycle. And I can adjust, but it is difficult. Most of the time, if I’m looking at you, talking and maybe even smiling before noon, you can be sure I’m wishing I was still in bed sleeping soundly instead. No offense.

If I were making my living as a writer and I lived alone, my normal waking hours would be something like 11am until 2am. I love sleeping in late and being up working at night. That just happens to be my body’s natural circadian cycle. Up in time to make lunch my first meal, run a few errands during the afternoon and then sit and write for hours through the evening and night past the witching hour. Ah, that sounds SO nice. Well, not the living alone part, but you know what I mean.

So are you a lark or an owl?

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I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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4 Responses to Lark Or Owl?

  1. Cindy says:

    I think you like the night because nobody bothers you at night.. 🙂

    Hate to say it..but right when the sun is starting to get up so is my mind and all my energy starts..around 10pm I crash…unless I have a wonderful 30 minute nap in the afternoon…. ahh… I love my naps

  2. AnnMarie says:

    Oh yeah, definitely a night owl… god I wish the kids were too.

  3. kimsota says:

    I am a morning guy and have been up since 0400. I find myself wide awake and can no longer stay in bed. This morning my mind was racing with how to encrypt my passwords. I guess I will never hear the Owl say my name.

  4. Georgie says:

    Awake at 6 something (at the latest 7) and ready to go. Then I peter out in the middle of the day. Around 7pm I’m ready to go again and wide awake til 11 or whenever I make myself go to bed. Would you call that a Lowl. LOL

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