Do Vampire Writers Write at Night?

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This is a valid question. I want to know!  I tend to write outside early in the morning until the coffee runs out or the sun hits me, whichever comes first. Then I head inside and lay around like a slug on a sidewalk until the sun leaves the patio, then I go back outside. I even bought a small light to plug in a usb port on my laptop so I can see my key board in the dark.

OK, I’m exaggerating about the slug thing. I alternate between doing occasional necessary things; laundry, dishes, feeding my face, etc. But then I return to slothdom and a good book or not so good book, whatever I’m reading at the moment.  Occasionally I read a really bad book just to make myself feel better. It doesn’t always work because the little devil that lives on my shoulder will say “well they got off their can and published their book. Na na na. Can you make that claim?” Well no but…there is no but, I either write or I don’t and the don’t part is not moving me towards my goal.

Wonder is there is an inner critic version of that spray they have for dogs called “NO?” It’s a spray that you spray on stuff you want the dog to stay away from.  I could spray it on my shoulders to keep the little devil away.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for dogs and the devil is in my head, not on my shoulder.

So back to my original question, do vampire or other horror genre writers write at night? I sort of hope so. It’s a bit scary to think that I could be in the grocery store browsing the vegetables right next to someone who is cooking up all kinds of horrific things in their brains in broad daylight. Are there any outward signs? A wisp of smoke coming out of their ears, perhaps?  Thunking a watermelon with brass knuckles? Muttering while stroking the cucumbers?

Come to think of it though, some the scariest things can happen in the daytime. Getting chased by a lynch mob and hanged at 12 O’clock noon would ruin my day. The freeway in North Dallas should be renamed the highway to hell. Since I stopped the 9-5 grind I’ve lost my immunity to the horrors of this road. I guess if you do have to do it every day your mind copes by going numb to the dangers. I’m convinced that there should be an exit ramp that empties directly into the intake parking garage of the state hospital for the criminally insane.  Some psychopaths choose to prowl the streets comfortably seated inside their murder weapon rather than wearing it on their hip.

Sometimes I wish writers had someone kind of secret signal like a hand shake or an eye motion. There probably is, but it’s too subtle for me to notice yet.

11 responses

  1. I don’t generally stroke the cucumbers, but I often mutter to myself. So much so that people tend to give me a lot of space in stores.

    As for writing at night, I tend to write in the early evening. I would love to stay up late to work on stories, but my job kind of requires brain activity so I have to get at least a few hours sleep.

    1. Hee hee maybe I should try muttering. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. long ago, I had a “phase”. I wrote the most horrible stories you can think of. Horrible or horrific or horrid or whatever word starts with “horr”. I don`t know where they came from but I had them in my mind at all times of the day.

    1. I think that for the writer at heart this is normal. When I got a story in my head be it horror or whatever, it is there every minute of the day. Sometimes I think I should devise some kind of headgear like a welders mask or something with a sign on it saying “brain at work. Do not disturb” 🙂

      1. I can picture a brain with a not disturb sign hahaha love the idea!!

  3. This wondering wanderer write so identified with this. You got a Bean’s Pat. Check it out at http://patbean.wordpress.com

    1. Glad you identified with it. Thank you for the “Pat” 🙂

  4. Okay, I’m one that hangs out at the grocery store. Haven’t given thought to this subject before now. So, I’m thinking I should carry my Pumpkin Cutter and candle stick in my purse while shopping for that perfect pumpkin! Maybe someone around me will be in the middle of writing a story! See you Saturday at dinner!

    1. Just don’t scare the pumpkins with that cutter now 🙂 Hope we can make it. The Mr. had a sneezing fit last night and did something to his rib.

  5. I write nothing about vampires, but I LOVE your idea of writing outside! I am heading to Florida later this month to a conference and HOPING to get a lot of editing done on those lonely nights in the hotel. We shall see. I might be editing outside as the hotel (like just about every USA hotel I can think of) is smoke-free!

    1. Yes most hotels are smoke free, but try to get one with a balcony, I won’t tell 🙂 Hope you enjoy Florida. We’re going there in December for a wedding.

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