In Others’ Words: Ideas
Writing wreaks havoc with my sleep.
There are some nights that, just as I snuggle underneath the blankets … just as I hear the first whisper of sleep welcoming me … an idea pounces.
And I’m awake.
Oh, sure. I try to ignore the idea.
I tell the you-can’t-ignore-me idea to wait until morning.
I might even sit up and scribble the barest outline on the notepad beside my bed, as if to say, “See, I won’t forget you! Now let me get some sleep, okay?”
But sleeps eludes me. Instead, my brain is filled to overflowing with what ifs and snippets of conversation and questions that demand answers now — not in the morning after a refreshing night’s sleep.
Alarm clock? What’s that? Who needs an alarm clock when you’re up all night chasing a story idea or meeting a new character or unraveling a complicated plot twist?
In Your Words: Writers: When was the last time your story — your characters — kept you up past your bedtime? Or the last time an idea pulled you from sleep long before the alarm clock blared? Readers: What’s the last book that kept you up until the “wee small” hours of the night?
0 I like this!