"Keep scribbling! Something will happen." Frank McCourt

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It was a dark and windy night ...

It was a dark and windy night when it happened. The house creaked sinister groanings, and I couldn’t sleep. Lately, the weather has been playing with my emotions, 60 degrees one day and 14 the next. Although, the natives call this “Missouri weather—changing every fifteen minutes”, this night entertained volatile winds that whistled and screeched.

Then in the middle of my emotional "weather related" trauma, a new story begged to be born.

“It’s too late for this,” I think, because I don't speak at 3 a.m. "I'm warm under my quilts and covers."

The story teased on and then insisted. My iPad was on the nightstand, but instead of grabbing it, I turned on my bedside lamp, fished out post-its and a pen from the drawer and scribbled down the ideas being tossed my way.

The story wasn't my usual slightly grim-disturbed story that hovers in the back of my unhinged mind. No. This was a “life” story with humor. Potential comedy.
Even though it's difficult to release a chuckle at 3 a.m., I did. BTW, laughter at 3 a.m. sounds like coughing.

Do you entertain story ideas in the middle of the night? What about to-do lists that wake you? Characters that need to be drawn? 

18 comments:

  1. Smart to write down the idea. At that hour, my brain can barely grasp the dream I was having, let alone a fresh thought.

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  2. I keep notecards and pens/pencils on my bedside table. Ideas strike when they're ready. They don't care if we're trying to sleep or drive or pay attention in church!

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  3. I keep iPhone beside me and use the Notepad app.

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  4. Been there done that! I keep a pocket-size notebook and pens and pencils in my night table. It's a fun game to decipher what I wrote the next morning! Really works the brain muscles, lol. :)

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  5. I draft brilliant blog posts in my head, in bed, but never get up and write them down and in the morning, it's all gone.

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  6. That drives me crazy. If I am awake enough, I'll grab my bedside journal, get some vital words down. That may work, but usually it is all pfffftt. by morning.

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  7. Oh yes, I lose sleep sometimes because they roll around in my head afterwards

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  8. I'll think of blog ideas when I'm about to drift off to sleep. I tell myself I'll remember because I'm too tired to get up and get the notepad and pen, but I never do!

    This Missouri weather is about to make me want to move out of state when BG retires! Stay warm!

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  9. I only entertain disgusting public restroom dreams that late at night. WINKY FACE xoxo

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  10. Hi Teresa .. I'm always amazed how ideas we want to jot down emanate from those grey cells at hours that are convenient .. and I usually manage to carry on drafting in my head, yes I don't talk either at 3.00am, write brilliantly .... but all lost upon waking!

    Glad you jotted down some ideas ... and that comedy will be fun to read more about .. cheers Hilary

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  11. Great post! Yes, I have a love-hate relationship with middle-of-the night ideas. On the one hand...they're usually awesome ideas. On the other...we'd usually rather just sleep!

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  12. If I have a middle-of-the-night idea I have to write it down. Now matter how much I convince myself at the time, I never remember it in the morning. If I don't write it down, get it out of my mind, it niggles away at me disrupting my sleep. Once it's out I feel satisfied it's recorded and I can drift off again without problem.

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  13. Yes. I keep a stack of index cards, a couple of pencils, and a tiny flashlight on the nightstand for just such callings.

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  14. Not a big story. Sometime some dialogues would pop up in mind in the middle of a sleep. But never could take a note and scribble it down before it vanishes. I have kept a large diary near my pillow. Sadly, in the middle of the sleep, the thought of a diary waiting to be written hardly flashes through the mind. *sigh*.

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  15. When I'm awakened at that ungodly hour it's usually because some worry has come to visit. This was fun to read. I hope we get to see the results at some point.

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  16. hi teresa, great post!
    been there done that.

    btw. writing at night-it is my most creative and most productive time of day.
    have a great day~

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  17. Why do stories insist on hatching at 3 DARK MORNING? No wonder writers are insecure. They're sleep-deprived!!! Great that you met the challenge and could laugh/cough about it.

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