Grab your cup of coffee (or your favorite cup of tea) and enjoy a visit with my special guest, friend, and fellow Rave Reviews Book Club Board Member Bruce A. Borders.
by Bruce A. Borders
I’d like to thank my good friend and fellow board member at Rave Reviews Book Club, Kathryn Treat, for extending the invitation to appear on her blog. I appreciate the opportunity! Thanks!
How do you find time to write? It’s a question I get a lot. Or, people will tell me they would like to be a writer but there isn’t enough time in their busy day. They have a job, young children, things to do at home, places to go—the list goes on and on.
I used to belong to that mindset until one day I realized these “reasons” were nothing more than cleverly disguised procrastination. The Greek philosopher, Epictetus, said, “If you wish to be a writer, write.” I did wish to be a writer so I took his advice and I wrote. And the questions about how I find the time started almost immediately.
There seems to be a common misconception about writers—that somehow we have more time in the day than the 24 hours allotted everyone else. We don’t. We just learn to make time for writing.
So, how do I make the time while working a full-time job and taking care of all of the usual responsibilities that accompany life? Well, I’m a night owl by nature. Always have been. Not only do I wake up at night, the opposite is also true—I’m dead tired during the day and feel absolutely lousy. Most every morning, I awake with a headache, my eyes have trouble focusing, and my legs feel like jelly. Been that way for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t really write at that point if I wanted to. I’m lucky to be able to function at all, let alone try to be creative. So, that isn’t the most opportune time for me to write, not if I expect it to make sense.
Then, the sun goes down and I start to come alive. The fog clears from my head, my eyes quit burning, and I find I can think straight again. (Or, at least what passes for thinking straight for a writer). My writing flows better and I am much more productive. So, writing at night became the logical choice. As I’m typing this, I just checked the time and it’s 2.43 a.m. I’ll be up for a few more hours. Most of the time, it’s daylight before I turn in.
The nice thing about writing at night is there are no distractions—or very few of them. Everyone else is asleep, dogs too. Neighbors aren’t making strange noises, the phone isn’t ringing constantly, and generally, no one is knocking at the door—wayward drunks not withstanding. (Hey, it’s happened a few times). I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s peaceful at night. I can concentrate on writing instead of life’s many inevitable interruptions.
It does help that I like to stay busy. No, let me re-phrase that, I have to stay busy. I can’t relax unless I’m doing something. And since no businesses are open, other than a convenience store or gas station, there’s really not much else to do in the wee hours of the morning. With no bills to pay, nothing to fix, no shopping, banking, or any of the other hundreds of things that typically occur during the day, I can devote my sole attention to writing. With 14 published books to date, it seems to work. Quite well, actually. At times, it’s almost as if I’m zoned out to the world, like everything has suddenly stopped, and I become lost in writing. It’s an odd feeling to glance at the clock and realize four or five hours have passed—almost as if I weren’t there.
You can see why I write at night—it’s far more productive. Yet, it’s more than that; more than just a preference. For me, it’s a necessity. I have to write, I’m busy, and feel perfectly horrible during the day, therefore; I have to stay up late. Or, perhaps there’s another, less complicated explanation. Maybe I’m just a night owl who likes to write.
Now that you have learned about what makes “night writing” work for Bruce, why not visit his Amazon page and pick up one of his many wonderful books (Over My Dead Body, Room 913, Miscarriage of Justice). Thank you Bruce for taking the time to “Be My Guest” today.