There are certain things that happen in a gal’s life that move her to write:
When she notices something from her astute observations, when she has an intense experience that causes her to become engulfed in her emotions, conversations she’s had with friends and foes alike about subjects ranging from sex, loneliness, work drama, life, and being an adult, and when the pent up sentences become too much and she’s dying to get them on paper and out of her head.
And then there are times where she’s inspired to write by the way a store is displayed, or the way a tree looks in the fall, or even how a honey lavender macaroon is presented in its case.
Just like above, there are also certain times of day when she’s moved to write more than others.
Or should I say night?
Alone in her room, fairy lights casting a moody shade that splashes across her rack of colorful clothes and snapshots of her life hanging on the wall, she climbs into bed in her 1950’s nightgown and it seems the words have an easier time pouring out of her.
Call it the liquid courage (usually a cup of Handsome James tea, don’t get too excited), or the vulnerability of being alone with her thoughts in a creative and introspective mood with little to no distraction, but when the sun goes down and she settles in for the evening, a conversation between her and paper often follows suit.
There’s actually a whole topic about being the most creative at night and getting the best ideas at the worst times.
Basically, when we’re tired, alone and in the dark (basically me every night) our brain filters out information (ridding us of our inhibitions) which causes us to wander into the unknown, letting our imagination wander into deeper depths. Without the distraction of Netflix, my roommates, and the sights and sounds that surround me in the daylight, I am left with my thoughts and my thoughts alone.
It’s also proven by science.
In Leyman’s terms, during the day, we burn through dopamine, which is housed in the frontal cortex of our brain. By the end of the day, it starts losing steam and processing slows down. Without this STOP sign being on high alert processing our thoughts, our brain ends up running wild with these passing and unfiltered thoughts and as a result, creativity is more likely to flow.
What I’m getting at is that one should utilize this precious time and not let it go to waste.
Too often, I cast it away because I’m “too tired”, or I think I’ll remember it in the morning (which we all know we never remember), and I lose this precious opportunity to connect with myself and my creative spirit.
It also happens to be the best time for picking out my ensemble for the next day, which is what you’ll see below.
And it’s all backed by science.