Article by Wendy McCance
I have been reading each night after I put the children to bed. It’s been wonderful to just sit back without interruptions and absorb myself in a great book. For as great as this has been, I have developed a problem.
Each night when I turn off the lights and try to get some sleep, my mind races. I think about the book I’ve been reading and the stories I would like to tell. My mind goes a little crazy as I begin to develop these stories in my head. I just can’t seem to turn off my brain. The worst part is that in my half-asleep state, I feel like the words I am forming are incredible. I just want to get up and type out all of my thoughts.
It’s so late and I am so exhausted that I just can’t peel myself out from under the blankets. Hell, I can’t even keep my eyes open. So I continue on telling myself stories as I fall asleep.
By the time morning rolls around, I have forgotten what has enthralled me and I am left with not a thought to type out.
When I first began writing so long ago, I enjoyed writing late at night best. The house was quiet and in my half-asleep state, I seemed to be more in touch with my thoughts. It was almost like I couldn’t distinguish a dream with being awake, and yet I felt a sense of lucidity.
I have decided to go back to my late night writing before I get into bed. My book will have to be put on hold for moments during the day when I can read a few pages. I often wonder if other writers go through something similar. Is it quite normal to enjoy writing when you could nod off at any moment? Do other writers seem to be more in touch with their thoughts when they are practically dreaming them?
When do you seem to do your best writing? Are there certain situations that trigger the best moments to write your thoughts? I would love to hear from you. What has your experience with writing been like? When do you do your best work?
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