Night and Day are two styles of writing of which a proper knowledge is vital to any story writer. If you are keen on essays or short articles about current events, this post will help you very little, but these principles once employed in creative writing are invaluable.
Night and Day writing styles are complete contrasts to one another. Both have purpose and should be used in proportion to one another depending on the genre. These two terms could also be called Heavy and Light writing, inferring that one has a deeper, more intellectual basis and the other is easy-reading.
Though each has its own use, flair, and flavor, neither should be taken by itself. An entire book of Night writing would overpower the senses, rendering the flavor and style androgens by effect of its overbearing nature. The Day, when it consumes an entire story, mitigates the already minuscule charm and flavor of the style, rendering it bland and boring.
Night: this style is reflective of its name, dark and drear. Examples of Night writing can be found nearly anywhere. They dominate suspense novels and nearly anything that has anything to do with fantasy. Night is characterized by anything bad that occurs, or anything somber: death, fear, hate, moments of wondering and worry.
Day: this style bears opposite marks to the Night style. Day writing is characterized by happiness, fun, jest, pleasure, even what we call dead-time, (time in which no important events occur). Day writing fills the majority of time in Romance, action, adventure, and historical stories.
The styles must be taken into proportionate balance to return a good product, for without Night the Day would not be as joyful, carefree, and lighthearted; and without Day, Night would not be as intruiging, alluring, and saddening. They are vital to each other because they are complete opposites.
This brings us to our first problem: what proportions do we use for different genres?
If it is to be a horror story, obviously the tendency is to write it in Night, however, to be written in utter Night would have no contrast and lose its draw completely. I would venture to say that the correct formula for horror or suspense stories is a 80/20 balance of Night and Day, respectively. Because of the dark nature of the story, the Night style should dominate due to the elements and overtones you wish to include. However, Day is nessecary to reset the reader’s perspective so that the Night can be truly effective.
Finding the proper balance however is just the beginning. To compose the story correctly, you must descide how long between sections of Night writing a section of Day will appear. However, it is sufficed to say that given the proper formulae you can figure that out on your own.
I am currently progressing in a story which I cannot but consider as a History book. Though it be not preexisting history, but rather the history of my own fantasy world. When the rendering of a story causes it to be in a History or such type genre, the Night and Day factors become nearly irrelevant. They are minimized and made of little importance by virtue of the type of writing. The composition is defined to a box called Formal Accounting, that box restricts the entry of Dynamic writing and allows the facts in their most consice portrayal to enter.
The Night and Day exist still, but in taciturn doses that are noticeable only by the circumstances in which the event are portrayed and not the portrayals themselves. Still, the principal of Night and Day is one that is of value to any author, though more to some than to others. If we remember to keep these two styles in balance, it will improve our writing and make our stories much more enjoyable reads.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist