I often wonder if being a writer is a blessing or a curse. It’s 1:00 am Tuesday morning. Two hours ago I took a pill that was supposed to help me sleep. I guess my creative muse didn’t know that because for the last two hours (and even before that) she’s been bombarding me with ideas and reminders.
This isn’t the first time she’s done this to me. For over thirty yeas she’s picked the most inconvenient times to come up with ideas. Tomorrow (actually, make that today) I have to get up early for an appointment. I’d like to arrive looking refreshed and alert. But no, my muse wants to remind me that I need to order some bookmarks, need to contact my VA (virtual assistant), need to come up with something to entice people to my table when I’m at the Bookman Book Store in Grand Haven on Saturday, and, oh yeah, she keeps insisting that I need to introduce my villain earlier in my wip (work in progress).
She (my muse) has some ideas on how I can introduce said villain, but she’s leaving it up to me to smoothly work this person into the story, especially since I’m already a quarter of the way into the story. Which means…go back and rewrite.
I sometimes wonder if I’m alone with this over active (at night) muse, or if other writers face the same problem.
I’ve tried various methods that are supposed to help one sleep.
- Get plenty of exercise during the day
- No TV or electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
- Take a hot bath or shower before going to bed.
- Drink hot milk before bed. (I sometimes spike mine with a little bourbon)
- Make a “To do” list so the ideas don’t keep running through your head.
Here are a few suggestions from “experts”: Huffingtonpost-15 ways to fall asleep faster
Okay, I’ve found some of those ideas work, at least sometimes. But they don’t always work. (Not if my Muse doesn’t want them to work.)
I also have to admit I often like the results of these “hard to get to sleep” sessions. My Muse does come up with some good ideas. It’s quiet, no external interruptions, and she can “talk” to me.
So here I am. It’s now 1:30 am. I have this written and I’m just about finished with my mug of “spiked” hot milk. I’m going to try the bed again.
By the way, if you’re near Grand Haven, Michigan Saturday, September 10th, I’ll be at the Bookman Book Store from 10:30 – 12:30 along with Patricia Skalka and Linda Watkins. Stop by and say “Hi.” Bookman Book Store