When I hear the sounds of birds chirping and see the dawning day creeping around the edge of the blinds in my bedroom all I want to do is snuggle down in my bed and get a couple more hours of sleep. That early morning sleep is the best kind but the reality is I have an 8am – 5pm day job.
I have all kinds of alarm clock schemes to wake up early to go to the day job. I set the clock 1 hour ahead so when it does alarm at 6am I breathe a sigh of relief because I know it is really 5am when I hit the snooze button. Then I play tag with the snooze button every 10 minutes until the clock reads 7:30am which is an acceptable hour to wake for my mental state even though I know the clock is 1 hour ahead and it is really 6:30am. I play this game every week, Monday thru Friday. These are not the actions of a morning person.
Now, in the early evening, I arrive home from the day job and have my dinner. At this time, I enter into my “writing life” state of mind. During the weekday evenings, I am working on my novel project, composing a blog post, reading my latest Writers’ Digest or The Writer magazine or continuing with an online monthly writing class. Writing is my passion and the “work I love” so it gives me a burst of energy whenever I am engaged in it. Therefore, I am usually working on my writing projects until after midnight and on the weekends I can stay up until 2am – 3am. Since I don’t have to wake early on the weekends, I can sleep until my body is ready to wake up. There is no need to play the alarm clock game. So, I am a person who revels and produce in the nighttime hours – – – definitely the actions of a night owl.