Writer’s Insomnia…

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Good Monday morning. It’s definitely a 3 cup morning. I woke at 3:55 this morning and tossed and turned until after 5. When the alarm went off at 6 I groaned and slapped the clock groggy and grouchy. But if you know me well, you know the grouchy part left after a couple of sips of coffee, but the groggy stayed.

Writer’s Insomnia is real, that is if you’re a writer. Insomnia is bad enough, but writer’s insomnia makes you crazy. It causes you to sleep with a pad and pencil beside the bed. What’s even worse is you can write several chapters in your mind as you lay tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep, but the story keeps prodding your brain.

Most of the time you end up getting up and typing late into the night. Sometimes it’s the best time to write because it’s quiet, but deep down you know you need to get some sleep. As you type or write long hand the story that plagued you while you tried desperately to sleep, your brain tells you that you need to go back to bed. But unfortunately the story fills that sleep space.

Have you ever fought the bed while a story poked at you? What do you do to get past it? Does warm milk work or do you give in and get up to fill the need to write?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…



7 thoughts on “Writer’s Insomnia…

    1. Thanks for the nomination. I will keep the tour going with four more. Good luck with your new release. I have a new release coming out on the 31st also, so I know how exhausted you are. Have fun!

      1. That would be great. I’d like to help you with yours also. I was planning on messaging you later to see about some information I could put on my posts. If you’ll send me the jpg of the cover and a blurb, I’ll do a write up on my blog this week for your release.

  1. I often find ideas or solutions come to me when I’m in that groggy phase of not completely awake, yet I’m alert enough to think – crud, I should be writing this down because I’ll never remember it after I wake. I do keep pen and paper by my bed so I can jot the ideas down before they leave me forever. I also have a little tape recorder by my bedside, I talk or mumble into usually when there’s just too much…

    1. Yep, the life of a writer. I’ve come up with some of the greatest names for my books during the night and then by the time I woke up I couldn’t remember them. I would spend a couple of hours trying to remember them. Thanks for the reply. Have a great night.

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