Nighttime inspires me.
You’re probably not surprised to discover I’m one of those nocturnal people. If I could, I’d sleep until 4PM and be awake (and writing) all night. But, I have a day job and a social life (sorta haha) so this isn’t possible.
Nighttime in Stevensville, Montana isn’t like nighttime in the city. There’s almost zero light pollution and I’m not exaggerating when I say the sky looks like this:
It’s times like these in which I feel blessed to live where I do. (Other times, not so much . . .)
But nighttime, nighttime. There are so many things . . . Night has a distinct smell. It’s fresh, it’s a little wild, and it’s a little cold. And I love the dark. I produce my best writing when it’s dark out. I can focus with intense clarity I don’t have during the day.
I often go outside and think at night. Yes, even in February. The world is quiet, and there is this permeating energy in the very essence of matter that brings me into some sort of brilliant awareness. It’s as if there’s a secret there, somewhere, and if you could just . . . breathe it in . . .
I solve most of my problems this way—writing related and otherwise. Just sitting there, thinking, merging with the darkness and the cool, night air.
How about you? How do you feel about nighttime?
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