Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Riled up Writer (or Help! My Brain Won't Turn Off!)

Tip of the Day: Measure your room before you buy a ping pong table off of Craig's List.

When I get cranking on a story, I hate to go to bed even when it gets late. In a way, it's a great feeling. I drag myself away saying I need to go to sleep bc I have to go to work the next morning.

Many times that I force myself to shut down the laptop and go to bed, I should've just kept writing bc my brain won't shut off. And when that happens, I can't sleep. Thoughts and ideas for the book are writing themselves into my brain.

Then I'm torn: Do I get up and go back to writing, or let the ideas stew in my head and get them on paper the next day? Will having the thoughts ferment for a night make them stronger or diluted?

Honestly, I usually stay in bed and toss and turn until sleep overtakes. The next day I jump back into my book with vigor. Are the new words written as I imagined them the night before? I'm not sure. But I know that I'm still psyched to write.

What about you? Do you jump back into night time writing, or try to get your zzzzzs?

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing


Steph Su said...

I had one of those moments last night, but I forced myself to stop after 2 hours of late-afternoon writing, otherwise I knew I'd be up all night. I think it depends on a variety of things: where in the story you're at, how easily you can fall asleep after such stimulation... Hope you find out a way that works for you! :)

Kate Fall said...

If I really can't sleep, I write a few keywords down. That usually stops my brain from panicking that I'll forget anything important if I sleep.

DeenaML said...

Steph -- glad I'm not alone! :)

Kate -- I should try the key work idea....

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Emily Marshall said...

Interesting question Deena. This definitely happens to me too, but I usually get up and write. If I don't I won't remember my ideas. But maybe I need to just sleep, so I'm motivated in the morning to get right into it.