Friday, January 10, 2014

Nighttime Blogging

I have this problem. (One of many, ha.) I blog in my head when I'm trying to sleep. I lie awake, trying desperately to fall asleep, and meanwhile my brain is writing, or rather speaking, blog posts. You know how hard it is to fall asleep when your brain just won't shut the heck up?

In bed, these blog posts seem especially witty and/or poignant. They seem important. Unfortunately, I wake up in the morning either totally forgetting what I "blogged" about in the night, or the topic is a lot less witty and/or poignant than it seemed at 11pm last night.

My cure for nighttime blogging? Nighttime writing. Well, not actually writing, but in my head writing. Instead of writing blog posts in my head, I make up scenes. Scenes for books I've already written. Scenes for books I need to revise. Scenes for books I will probably never write. Somehow, even though my brain isn't shutting up, this helps me to wind down and eventually, fall asleep. Of course, I still run into the same problem. The same, "wow, this is awesome, I totally need to write about it tomorrow," and then in the AM, "dang, I can't remember what the heck I thought was so awesome last night," OR, "dang, that actually sucks bricks. I will NEVER write that down."

You know how people keep journals by their beds so they can write down those crazy nighttime inspirations and thoughts? I don't do that because I would never go to sleep. I just need something that attaches right to my brain and records it all. Then with one touch of a button I can either DELETE that junk I "wrote" in the night, or save those gems for real writing time.

Someone get inventing that, okay?


  1. I have the exact same problem! If anyone ever invents that machine I will be one of the first ones in line to purchase!

  2. I actually do keep a notebook beside my bed to write things down…yeah, they never seem quite as genius in the morning as they did at 3 a.m! It does make me laugh to see what I thought would be good, though :)

  3. I'm in the exact same boat. I used to keep my phone opened on the voice recording app, and would then talk into the phone wit my half asleep ideas, but the things I said didn't really seem to make much sense when I was awake.
    But yeah, I've noticed I'm way more creative and interesting early in the morning when I should be sleeping. Such a shame that life gets in the way of all-nighters! :P