he days are already noticeably shorter here in Northern British Columbia, so Fiona Riplee’s topic this week on Romance Writers Weekly is very timely:
I’ve started a new paranormal series that takes place by the beach. So far, in my current work in progress many events take place during the day and maybe I’ve neglected the evening hours. Makes me wonder: do you prefer day or evening outings? These could be for a fun date or just hanging out with family or friends. What’s your pleasure?
The time of day a scene occurs can really infuse that scene with its atmosphere. There’s a reason most horror movies happen at night – we’re just not as scared of things that go bump in the daylight!
When it comes to personal outings, I think I’m a little like Fiona and her WIP, in that I tend to neglect the evening hours. I’m not a night owl by any stretch of the imagination, and tend to start thinking of bed well before midnight (much to my family’s dismay!) But on the evenings we are out and about, I can recognize the magic that the night holds. Familiar places become new and interesting when seen in moonlight or lit up with coloured lanterns. I can think of one evening in particular. We were on a family vacation in the Azores, and had spent many, many daylight hours on the waterfront of the main city, Ponta Delgada. But one night we went back well after dark, and it was a totally different experience. The restaurants and bars were buzzing (Europeans eat a lot later than we do!) and the lights of the harbour gave a completely different perspective on what we’d see earlier. It was only a few hours, but it was an evening I’ll never forget.
What about you? Do you like to play in the daylight or dark? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Then be sure to travel onward to Leslie Hachtel, the next in our hop!