Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Guest Blog featuring S.L. Pierce

Sleep Deprivation: Better Writing or Crazy Talk?

My co-writer emailed me to let me know her guests were gone but she needed to sleep and she would get back to our book tomorrow. I jokingly wrote back that she didn't need sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to depression and despair. And doesn't that lead to better writing? Of course I was kidding but it did make me think. I really only get time to write in the evening, when my kids are in bed. And I am definitely tired. Lots of times I just want to veg out in front of a movie. So that only leaves after 10 for writing. I'm an inhibited kind of person but when I write at night, I'm too tired to be inhibited. So my writing is a little better. Well, probably not better, but the ideas flow more easily, so when I re-write later, the ideas are there. Only a few are crazy.

I also think of ideas for my books when I'm laying in bed in that half asleep-half awake zone. I should probably keep a pen and paper on my nightstand but it would likely end up like that Seinfeld episode where he spends the whole time trying to figure out what he wrote (in the middle of the night). And when he finally does, he says “That's not funny”. I'm sure I would look at anything I wrote in the night and say, “what was I thinking?” Then again, isn't that how Twilight started? I better get that pen and paper ready.


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  1. Sometimes I find the best ideas come just before I turn out the light and go to sleep - that's when I look for my handy notebook...

  2. For me it's right before I fall into a deep sleep...that in between time.

  3. I don't think I could start writing at night. Afternoon is my best time. Sometimes, if I really get into the flow, this might lead on to writing through the evening - but not too often! I like my sleep!
    But if writing at night produces this sort of book, S.L., then keep doing it - it clearly works!

  4. I am exactly the same way :) The less sleep I have, the more interesting the story is :) I always feel it's because I'm not in control anymore, it's my subconscious or whatever, and it;s a much better writer than I am!

  5. Hi all. Sorry it has taken so long to respond but I use Chrome and there is an issue with posting. Anyway thanks everyone for reading my guest post today. Jo, well said! Gerry, I wish I could be creative in the afternoon. Maybe when my kids are all in school:) Indie Authors and M.L. it's a fine line, isn't it? Is the idea good enough to pull myself out of sleep to write down and did I remember to leave a pen and paper out?
    Thanks everyone!

  6. so true as soon as you lie down the ideas flow.I keep a pen and paper with me at all times so I can put down any ideas that occurred