Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Upside of Insomnia
I occasionally suffer from the awake-in-the-middle-of-the-night variety of insomnia. I'm not one of those people who just gets out of bed and reads or works when it strikes. Instead, sad to say, I lie in bed waiting for sleep to return, which it usually does--in two or three hours. It's boring to just lie there doing nothing, however, so I've discovered I can make good use of that time by simply thinking about story ideas. If/when I do come up with an interesting idea, the trick is to remember it in the morning. So I keep a small notebook and a pen on my bedside table--just in case. Of course, sometimes those ideas that seemed so fascinating and plausible in the middle of the night, look much less so in full daylight. Sigh.