Friday, April 13, 2012

Writers Thrive on Lack of Sleep

Through reading blogs and following authors on Twitter, I have come to a startling realization—writers are insomniacs. This thought jumped right into my exhausted brain after a few days of interrupted sleep (my kid was concussed), when I was undeniably and weirdly articulate. I mean, it was downright noticeable. The wonderful ideas just came in rapid-fire succession. My fingers became cramped with the speed my fingers were moving across my Mac book keyboard. I typed 2,000 words in an hour. Holy cow! It was like the dust covering my brain had been gently blown away with a breath. I was sparkling and brand new, almost glittery.

The reason for this ah-ha moment? I had been drowning in a word slump. Once I was deprived of my beloved sleep, the ideas came a-runnin’. I think that writers have such a difficult time just turning off their brains, that once we are tired, we are more able to focus. Gone is the need to Tweet and e-mail, because let’s face it, no one can multi-task well when tired.

Maybe this is why I am not a good day writer. Anytime I try to write on the weekend when the kids are outside playing, I keep thinking about everything to be done in the house. At 10 o’clock at night, when the kids are asleep, there is no way I can vacuum!

I love my sleep. Whenever I can get it, I take it. I also pray each and every night that my 8 year-old will not wake me up to tell me that she can’t sleep. I also know that I can’t write in the afternoon. Nighttime is best for me. It’s when I can truly focus.

What do you all think? Are you an insomniac? Are you best in the day or at night? Does lack of sleep really make you more creative?

Tarte de Maçã / ♥ Apple Pie ♥


  1. I pretty much gave up on sleep when I was in grad school. Good thing, too, since that trained me for having babies and being a writer. lol

  2. I suffer from premature waking insomnia sometimes. Most nights, I fall asleep all right, but I wake several times during the night and sometimes wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning and can't get back to sleep.

    I also suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, so getting enough sleep is kind of vital for me...when I haven't had enough, I can barely think, let alone write.