Writing During the Day and Night Is Different

You are a different person every time.

What you write depends on your state of mind. Have you noticed a change in your writing pattern every time you take a break? Not just your thoughts, but the writing style equally wavers.

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It’s been a while since I have been working on a story. It has consumed more than a week now. Of course, this piece of writing is massive in words and context. But a week spent with paper and pen for a few hours per day has reflected in me, a few noteworthy points about writing.

I noticed that a significant portion of my time was not spent in scribbling. But often, in equalizing the tone of sentences written during the daytime with that of night. I wrote everything with a similar mindset. Then, why was there such a variation? The reason is that:

The mind works differently at night.

All the sections written during the day had one thing in common. The sentences were complex, informative, and of average length. The story looked more factual, but with the dominance of cold words. The writing style and tone switched mostly to narration, theoretical explanations, and straight-up advice. Conversely, the sections written at night sounded open-minded, empathetic, but also pessimistic. Long compound sentences were common that contained emotional twists and mirrored opinions. At night, the perception was emphasized more than the facts.

You are more critical during the day.

In the active state of mind, the facts and figures are analyzed, statistically scanned, and inference is simply drawn. Professional stories are best written then. You barely assert philosophies in your subconscious during these hours. Mindful, but austere draft gets polished without any edges.

During the daytime, stories that are more unprejudiced are best written. Narrations, how to’s, interviews, scientific, news, translations, and reality-based stories are better drafted if you do it during the day. It is time to write your mind out.

Subconsciousness rules the night mind.

Your imagination shoots when the moon lits up. As the night progresses, you get more relaxed, somewhat tired, and sensitive. Soft words and extensive vision helps you draft superfluous philosophy and literature. In my case, long compound sentences and a more passive voice domineered at these hours.

It’s the perfect time for fiction, empathetic suggestions, experiences, self-improvement, spirituality, metaphysical, and philosophical stories. The sleepiness at times and its subconscious touch lets the mind bleed with emotions, and every word is written felt much more profound. Night helps you write your heart out.

Read in full, write in empty.

Don’t run away. I was talking about food. Have you noticed that you can barely read with a hungry stomach, but to writing, you can do twice as better? It time that you give a try. Attempts to read with an empty belly will only make you agitated. It is because hunger is the most potent stimulus, and you can’t feed the mind unless you have the energy to grow new cells in the brain.

However, a bit of starvation can sharpen your writing. You are more productive before a meal than with a satiated belly. A growling abdomen most probably stimulates the mind with aggression to complete the task quicker. Anatomically, hunger releases a hormone Ghrelin, that stimulates one of the brain’s grey region (called Amygdala) that stimulates the mind for a much faster behavioral response. It mostly happens when the energy source depletes. Probably, a writer’s brain better craves creativity before the food.

Happy writing…

Writer, Explainer and Learner for life’s little secrets. Interested in Science, Academically a Biotechnologist and Self-Aspired researcher | benuprag@gmail.com

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