A while back I was writing a short story just to get myself back into writing and I had one of my characters hung (poor guy). However the hanging was held at sunset and that didn’t sit really well with me.
Maybe I’ve just watched too many movies or embraced too many clichés but it seems like hangings should take place at dawn. That didn’t really work because the point was for the guy to die at sunset with the end of the day, end of his life, kind of feel because the next dawn then brought about a new sense of awakening.
So I scrapped the idea of sunrise or sunset and hung the guy at noon but then I started wondering what sort of person would stand out in the sun in the middle of the day just to watch someone die?
As you can imagine I managed to um and ah and change the story so many times I ended up putting the entire mess to the side in a file of other abandoned stories that I’ve managed to talk myself out of writing.
However, I started thinking about different time of day and events I associate with them.
Sunrise: People wake up, roosters crow, things wash up on beaches.
Noon – People fight, people sleep, villains appear.
Sunset – People die, people have romantic dinners on the beach, bugs attack, evil begins moving.
What do you associate with the different times of day and do you ever go against that when writing?
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