Getting back into bed for what I hoped would be another cycle of much needed sleep before the start of the workday, my mind woke up. Visualizing. What I was seeing, in crystal clear clarity, was the next chapter of my work in progress. Dialogue, movement, setting - everything came into place.
I ran downstairs to jot down my notes. I couldn't afford to lose this important epiphany! My next novel was coming together, while I was sleeping!
An hour later I was sitting in the coffeehouse I visit each day before reporting to the office. I typed away furiously on my laptop, the notes I had taken bringing back the scene with all its details, exactly as I had pictured it in my mind while still in bed. The chapter basically wrote itself. I was pleased with the result.
Creativity has a way of hitting me when I least expect it. While taking my morning exercise walk, a luxury I only find time to do on the weekends, ideas pop into my mind. Descriptions of characters. Things they say to each. Things they are thinking. What they are wearing. More and more of my upcoming work of fiction is becoming real to me.
Sometimes I come up with ideas as I am driving. Other times plot lines appear while I am sitting at dinner, or when watching television. I never know when a writing idea will arrive in my head, eagerly waiting for me to put it to paper.
I go to sleep at night, not knowing where the next day's spur-of-the-moment inspiration will take me. Maybe I should thank my cat for waking me up each morning at an hour when my mind is at its creative peak.
The idea for this article, by the way, came to me while I was sleeping.
When do you get the best ideas for your writing? Comment and let me know!
Daydreaming Is Part of a Writer's Job