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.


  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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