So, I had an idea for a theme this week and it was ‘Eat, Drink, and Be Merry’. I thought the first two worked together and decided that sleeping should be mentioned. Anyway, these three things are fairly essential to authors once you step out of the writing arena. We really can’t function without these three things. In fact, nobody can, so this isn’t special to authors. I’m simply using my own life as a focal point. Now, why is sleeping important?
- It’s hard to write when you pass out on the keyboard. Imagine being at 50 pages and you conk out. Head goes down and you spend the next few hours having the ‘H’ key be pushed down. Then the document auto-saves. Even worse, you’re pushing down the ‘backspace’ key. Probably best to take a nap and not take the risk.
- Some great ideas can turn up when you’re about to fall asleep. Your brain is just waiting for you to hit the mattress and curl up under a blanket. Pure genius will appear and you’re going to scramble to write it down. That or believe you can remember it by the morning, but we all know this fails. Still, you wouldn’t have this opportunity if you didn’t go to bed.
- It’s hard to see what you’re doing when the bags under your eyes are so deep that your eyeballs have fallen inside.
- The human brain doesn’t function very well when you’re tired. Basic actions and thoughts are difficult, so writing a story is going to be nearly impossible. Oh, you will get words written down, but they might not be coherent. At the very least, they will be terrible and filled with enough typos to make your editor and beta readers think you’ve been taken by a body-snatcher.
- Yawning is annoying, but you can probably muscle through that. Drooling all over your notes when you zone out could pose a problem. I mean, you could wear a bib to be safe, but you know that’s when you’ll get unexpected company.
- Many people, if not all, get irritable and lose their filters when they’re exhausted. This can make you’re writing unfocused or aggressive even when the scene doesn’t call for such things. You can easily fix this, but then you have the social media/promotions side of the job. One bad review, critical comment, or negative tweet can turn you into an Internet berserker. It can be undone with apologies, but there will still be some damage.
Well, that’s all I could think of because I’m tired. My sleeping habits are pretty bad, so I can’t give much advice here. Feel free to talk about your own thoughts on sleeping and authors in the comments.