Saturday, March 3, 2012

3am Idea

There I was snoozing, as comfortable as possible after my 5 year old climbs into my bed and presses his too hot body up against mine and totally hogs my pillow, when BAM! my brain came up with an idea for my WIP and my eyes snapped open. I ignored it. I wanted more sleep. I pushed my son a little closer to his father so I could have at least half of my pillow and shut my wide open eyes. I would just write it down in the morning.

Did my brain go along with this reasonable argument? Heck, no!

The idea circled round and round in my brain. I continued to ignore it. I tossed and turned for a good 20 minutes, but what choice was there really. Especially when my main character began to speak to me.

Ruark never raised his voice, but chastised me in his own stoic way. "You do realize my world is dying, do you not? It is bad enough that I am having a hard time coming to terms with this. Now you are letting laziness put the entire world you created in jeopardy? For shame, dear creator. I may not be able to see you, but I am beginning to see your work. I am beginning to have faith. Don't let me down now."

What else is a creator to do?

I got my rear up out of the bed, of course! I wrote Ruark's latest twist in the epic adventure that is his life. But did I go back to bed? Nope. I decided I needed to post in my blog about this 3am idea.

Does this happen to you? Not 3am ideas, because surely it happens to all writers. Do your characters chastise or mock you inside your own mind? Thank you, Lord Ruark, for the wake up call. I enjoyed it, really. It's a fabulous idea and I am glad you forced me to get up, but now that you've quieted down I think I'll get back to snoozing in my cozy bed AFTER I put a certain 5 year old back in his. *yawn*


  1. I had the brilliant idea to make notes beside my bed when the ideas came to me so I could function at work the next day. It was not helpful. One note said, "More finick, less finick." No clue. ;)

  2. lol I hate it when that happens. I try to keep a notebook next to my bed to get out what I'm thinking so that I can fall asleep. Sometimes it makes no sense the next morning, like with Heather, but more often I remember what I had been thinking about as I fell asleep.

  3. I tried that bueno. I do better if I just make myself get up out of bed.

  4. I move across the country and now you are hearing voices....hahaha.

    1. P.S. You have a captcha on your least it made me sign one. Didn't know if you knew...

    2. Removed it! Thanks. I hate those things.

  5. Yes Sabrina, I have most of my writing ideas flow through my mind while I am half asleep. I can relate to your experience. Sometimes I become frustrated when I wake from a nights sleep and cannot recall the fantastic idea I had during the night, and was too lazy to get up and write down!