When I’m about to fall asleep my brain spits ridiculous questions at me. At the time they seem like very deep, complicated questions that nobody has an answer to (e.g. where do sesame seeds come from? do you think God is actually inside every atom making it work? do you think the magic faded from the world of Game of Thrones because they killed the dragons?) Hard-hitting. Answerable. This happens to all of us who have ever fought sleep and gone a little silly.
It’s not until I’m asleep that I start to come up with writing ideas. Two mornings ago I woke up with a fully formed story in my mind. It’s nothing special, it’s a thriller-esque kind of tale. Of course my own thriller-esque book I call un-special while actually enjoying thrillers written by other people. Self-eye-roll. Anyway, I also often wake up with new notes saved in my phone. Two of the stranger ones include:
This is my friend Milly, she’s really attractive but wants seven kids and to bring them to the club
Do I know the dream-circumstance that led me to wake up enough to make the effort to save this note? Nope. But at least my friend knows I dream of her, I guess…
Sad people turned into KFC. Original sadness becomes original recipe.
Ah yes, the old depression symptom of turning into fried fast food! I think I also meant this as a kind of punishment for being sad. Hmm. I’d be a great dictator. These make me wonder if I ever send odd messages or make strange phone calls to people while sleeping. I have however realised where all the dints in my phone come from – trying to put a phone back on a side table in the dark while unconscious and ending up just bashing it into the bedhead.
Well, I’m about to start work on my second novel. I have countless started ones but it can be hard to keep that spark you initially feel for a story alive, and some can sit there. Let’s hope this sparks sticks around. Now to begin the horrible process of starting. Where to begin? How to begin? I feel like I need to know my characters better first, so will perhaps character sketch first. Any tips for beginning a new project? I left my old unfinished (it needs a tightened up ending, an editing and a few add-in scenes that I am meant to be getting around to doing…) but it can be hard getting back to the start of something after being immersed in something else and in the third draft stage. I should probably finish that story… Goal for the year: finish both stories completely before they become fully forgotten dust.
I’m glad that my unconscious gives me writing ideas. It’s like a sleep bonus. Have you ever come up with a plotline in the wee hours of the morning between sleep and awake? Dreamed an idea?