We’ve all been there. Just as your head hits the pillow, an idea pops up. Maybe it’s something new or maybe it’s the solution to a story you couldn’t figure out. Either way, you’re in a dark room and starting to fall asleep. What are some things you can do to keep the idea?
- Hold on tight to it and hope that it stays in your dreams. Try to carry it through until the morning. Sure, it’s never worked before. There are times you even came out with an entirely different idea that wouldn’t work. It’s not like you have the energy to crawl out of bed anyway.
- If you share a bed with someone, wake them up and tell them the idea. That way, it’s on them to remember. Go to sleep with complete faith in their memory or hope that they decide to write things down. After all, they knew what they were getting into when they partnered up with an author.
- Keep your cellphone or a notebook near the bed. Just be an adult, muster your strength, and jot down some notes. If it costs you an hour because the idea kept rolling then so be it. Everything is worth it as long as you can understand things in the morning and not let it drift away. Why did you keep writing about cabbages and bandicoots?
- Can’t reach anything to write on? Keep a marker under your pillow and write the notes on your own body. The face isn’t a good idea because drool might erase parts of it and everything will be backwards in the mirror. Limbs are okay for simple ideas, but the torso has the most space. Only real problem is that you have to write in the dark. Well, that and possible smearing.
- Just give up on sleeping. You know this idea is going to lead to another one and you’ll regret not going down the rabbit hole. The flow of creative juices will give you the energy needed to get the job done. As far as functioning the next day, you have some sick days saved up, right? The kids can just be fed by putting cereal in a bucket too, so no reason to worry.
- Go to sleep and see what happens. Let fate roll the dice on this idea. If you’re meant to use it then it will be waiting for you in the morning. If it’s gone then it was never meant to be. That or it will be smart enough to show up when you have the time to write it down. Seriously, why are ideas so rude?
- Keep a recorder near the bed. It isn’t writing, but it will get the job done. Your words might be a little slurred and groggy, which is the price you’re going to pay for being an author.