Writers Understand This

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Writing | 0 comments

I published this one a few years ago on my personal blog, but I still think it fits.

Okay, so I went to bed around 4 a.m. I was editing after a full day of procrastination. Don’t judge me, it’s a process. Anyway, even with the lack of sleep, I sat straight up in bed at around 8 a.m. I’d had a dream that would make a great story and it wouldn’t wait four more hours to allow me to get enough rest to be coherent when I wrote down the idea. I knew if I went back to sleep, no matter how much I wanted to remember it, it would be gone, so that left me one of two choices: Either I get up and write it down, foregoing sleep again, or roll over and go to sleep, hoping (pointlessly), that I would remember it later. The funny thing about story ideas: If you ignore one, the rest seem to leave you too and you’re left looking through piles of old stories that you trashed along the way, hoping for some inspiration. I’ve been through a writing block that lasted years before, so, when the muse hits, even in the middle of the night, I now obey.
I know what you’re thinking: “Why not put a pen and paper next to the bed? It’ll solve all your problems.” Yeah, I’ve tried that. I have another problem. I do a lot of things in my sleep that I don’t even remember. I hold perfect conversations in my sleep, I sit up, I troubleshoot electronic devices. Heck, I even eat in my sleep (so I’ve heard). I’ve learned that I do these things from my significant others. My sister used to take advantage of the fact I was nicer when I was sleeping than I was when I was awake and used to ask for things while I was asleep, knowing I would agree. I tried putting a pen and notebook next to my bed. Problem is, I wouldn’t open my eyes or turn on a light and wouldn’t realize it, so most of the time, what I wrote down wasn’t legible, much less made any sense. I tried a tape recorder…I’m still trying to figure out what’s on those tapes, because it sure doesn’t sound like me… I figured I’d get smart and use my phone. It has an app on it for creating notes…yeah, didn’t work much better. The bleary-eyed fully typed notes aren’t any more coherent than my notebook scribbles.
So, what’s an author to do? I sighed, got up, went to my computer, typed the idea in, and started some coffee because I’m going to need it.

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