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Writing Before Bed is a Bad Idea

Never write before bed.

I’d finished the first draft of a short story and decided to call it a night. The piece still needed a lot of work but I was tired and it was already getting late.

I opened my eyes at precicely 2 am. My brain was shuffling paragraphs, smoothing out sentences, and formulating alternate endings. I was editing in my sleep! If I wasn’t so tired I’d have gotten out of bed and worked on the damned story.  I opted to toss and turn in bed. I tried meditating, but I’ve never been very good at it. The story kept me staring at the ceiling for another hour. You can bet I spent the next day in a caffinated haze.

I learned my lesson.

I think I’ll stick to reading before bed. Dreaming about typing into a Microsoft word document is no fun. It’s more of a nightmare really.

PS Please excuse if the blog looks a little strange the next few days. I’m still playing around with the formatting.

2 Comments

  1. Good to know I’m not the only one whose mind doesn’t stop working when my body does. I can lay in bed for hours thinking out stories but if I don’t get back up and write it out immediately, I forget it all in the morning. It’s very tiring!

    1. I always keep a pad of paper close to the bed just in case. I hate it when the idea’s gone by morning! But sometimes I’m too tired to get out of bed too LOL

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