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Friday, August 27

Stupid Creative Periods

Why is that sometimes 2,500 words can flow out of me no bother (the last post), whereas at other times I can go weeks on end without wanting to get anywhere near a keyboard?

And why is it always late at night, when I should probably be asleep or at least trying to get to sleep, that my mind is buzzing with ideas? Take last Sunday night:

I had stayed up to watch the baseball on Channel 5, which didn't finish until around 4.15am, but when I went to bed, having yawned all the way through the 7th, 8th and 9th innings, I couldn't sleep because my brain was having one of its rare creative explosions.

I practically wrote at least one of the letters in my head before I'd even bought any paper to write it on, and I was having loads of ideas for posts here, articles to write for my student newspaper and a whole host of other stuff. I just could not get to sleep, no matter how much I told my brain to stop thinking.

Oh, and then I got into the usual thing of tracing back the steps along the thought processes of that 20 minute period. You know, when you suddenly think 'why the hell am I thinking about this now, when just a minute ago I was thinking about that?!'. If you sit (lie) there and mentally retrace your steps, you'll see how you've gone off on a tangent and are now at a completely different place from where you started. It's easily done.

And now I find myself sitting in the kitchen with my laptop on my lap (the extension cable for the phone line has broken...), having a quick burst of writing inspiration, even though it's close to 3am. Thankfully, I don't have to work until 6 tomorrow evening (my last at the pub, sniff), but the big list I've made for myself of THINGS TO DO is worrying me slightly. It's very long.


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