As I’m getting ready for Camp Nano next month I find myself thinking about my writing process and everything that it entails from getting up early to procrastination. I must admit that every time I decide I’m going to start a new novel and get it out I find myself instantly tired.
For a long time, this really bothered me. I mean, how can I write when I’m so tired, right? I should nap or wait until I feel more energized, correct?
There was a time when I’d let that be the reason I wasn’t writing, that I’d go lay down for that nap and figured I’ll try again tomorrow. After all, no good can come out of work when I’m not fully coherent. It would all just be garbage that I’d have to throw away.
After doing some research and really searching myself I think I may have misjudged the sleepy feeling. Let me explain. Often times, when I would sit down to write I was too into my conscious thoughts. I would doubt everything I was writing and really just spend a lot of time in my own way.
The research that I have seen says it may be better to write when you are feeling a bit tired. Not that you should totally neglect your sleeping and taking care of you, but being a little tired could have benefits. It shifts your conscious thought to the background and allows that subconscious part of your brain to come out. There are even researchers that believe creativity has some connection to the place between sleep and awake times for your brain.
If we truly think about it, that would make sense given also the conscious and subconscious research I found. It means that you could find your most creative times somewhere between all of that. To me, this is extremely interesting to think about.
If this is all correct then my body has really been trying to help me out, not get in the way. It is shutting down the part of my brain that would instantly make me doubt everything and keep me at bay from my own writing. Now that I know all of this, I can use it to my advantage and push myself to write through the tired feeling. Maybe, just maybe I would find that I not only produce a lot more work, but I could do so regardless of my body trying to convince me, sleep would be better.
I will even admit that most of my blogs that are written in the early morning are done so with half an eye open and long before any caffeine is introduced into my system. When I write them I’m always convinced that they aren’t worth a thing, but most of them get enough responses that I realize people are reading and enjoying them. This may be due to the fact that I can’t overthink them at that time in the morning, my brain is still in shutdown mode.
This is all a very interesting thought for me and some I plan on experimenting with throughout the month of Camp Nano. Until then, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.