The Sleepless Writer

I only have 75 pages left of my revisions (WOOT!!! Happy dance!  *belly jiggles till I almost fall over*). But late last night I got stuck — the-staring-at-the-flashing-cursor-for-45-minutes kind of stuck. Rather than waste any more time, I folded three loads of laundry while watching with DWTS. Some sort of productivity always makes me feel better.

At 3 a.m. I woke up from a dead sleep and was finally unstuck.  Did I get up and write?  Heavens no!  I laid there till 5:30 a.m. and stewed.  Then my day started. 

It’s 12:30 p.m.. I haven’t written at all, am totally exhausted, and probably need a nap.  Should I have just gotten up at 3 a.m. to write even though I would have drawn my husband’s ire?

Does your muse ever strike in the middle of the night?  Do you get up and work?  Can you get back to sleep or are you plagued by story ideas until your alarm goes off? 


  • Chantele Sedgwick

    Yay for being almost done with revisions! I love that feeling!
    My muse doesn’t really strike me in the middle of the night. When it does though, I hardly ever get out of bed to write it down. Yep. I love sleep too much. 🙂 I usually get my ideas throughout the day. Mostly while I’m driving or cleaning. Weird huh? 🙂

  • Mary

    Great news on almost being done. Congrats! I love sleep, so rarely get up when my muse calls, but she makes me pay for it by keeping me awake. Usually I can get it set in my mind and then write it down when I get up.

  • Lynn(e)

    If it strikes, I always write it (or always try to write it but sometimes I too am just too tired). Do you keep a notebook by your bedside? That way you don’t really have to get out of bed to write. Also, if you’re sure you’re on a blank page, it’s kind of fun to write with the lights off.

    Congrats on being so close!! Keep up the good work.

  • Su

    My muse only strikes in the middle of the night. 🙁 Dang muse’s union. Anyway, if I’m still up from homework or watching Craig Ferguson or whatever, I’ll stay up & write. If not, I’ll try to go back to sleep so I’m not useless the next day. If the muse insists, then I’ll get up (but only after laying there for at least 15 minutes).

  • Jeigh

    I almost always get hit with inspiration late at night. If it’s really good stuff, the exhilaration carries me through the next day, no matter how tired I am. So I stay up to write.

  • Trisha

    Man I hate it when my muse strikes at that sort of hour! LOL.

    I wouldn’t have got up either unless I’d been lying there a few hours already. I’d try to get back to sleep.

  • Susanna Leonard Hill

    I know I’ll forget if I don’t write it down. I keep a notebook, pen and flashlight by my side of the bed for those 3 AM moments when inspiration strikes. But rather than try to manage aiming the beam of my flashlight on my notebook on the floor, I have been known to write quite a lot at 3 AM by the kids’ nightlight 🙂

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