So far I’ve been successful at writing every day, even that day last week when I didn’t get home from my day job until 8:30. You can be sure writing was the last thing I wanted to do that evening, but I didn’t want to break my writing streak, even if I didn’t quite reach my word count for the day.
As I mentioned on Michille’s post last week, my efforts have already started to pay off. Not only am I finding it easier to get back into my story each day when I start to write, but I’ve been getting lots of new ideas to incorporate into the story.
I tend to do some of my best creative thinking as I’m falling asleep or just waking up. Many times, when I work on my story right before I go to sleep, I dream about something relevant to it or something that triggers a thought I can use in the story. That creative-dreaming process had stopped in recent months, and I was kind of worried it was gone for good. Fortunately, my worry was unfounded. At around day 3 of NaNo, the dreams and creative thoughts came right back. Turns out they weren’t gone; they had just faded from disuse.
I’ve always carried a notebook around with me during the day, so I can jot down any random thoughts that come to mind, but now I’ve started bringing a notebook with me to bed too so I can write down the thoughts that come to me as I’m drifting off. (I don’t know about you, but I almost never remember the ‘great’ ideas I have in the middle of the night. By morning, it’s like they never happened.)
The notebook above, and the pages with it, shows just some of the things I jotted down during my night-time thinking. Though the notes can be hard to decipher in the light of day (you try writing in the dark), I’ve been able to make some really good progress on my story with the ideas I’ve captured. Reaching for the pen and notebook may not be doing my sleep-patterns any good, but it’s been a great help to my writing.
I’ve long wished there was some kind of brain-plug-in that would record all my thoughts (including those great sentences I think of and then promptly forget). Pending that invention, a pen and a 50-cent notebook are doing the trick.
So, how do you capture all of the great, random, creative ideas you have so they don’t get lost?