My very left-brained, morning person husband considers this sort of behavior borderline lazy, but some great story ideas came out of this technique. Really! I wouldn’t lie to you.
He’s right about one thing, though. I’m not a morning person. Leaping out of bed full of vim and vigor is a completely alien concept for me no matter how well or how long I’ve slept. But according to Sleepy Brains Think More Freely in the journal Scientific American Mind, I was using that drowsy time to advantage.
The idea is that when your brain is sleepy it’s more open to stray, unfocused thoughts that can lead to those light bulb moments. It’s not locked into reality as we are supposed to see it, but freed up to find alternative
I had it right, then! I am more creative in that drowsy morning state. On the other hand, morning people should create during that can’t-keep-your-eyes-open twilight period just before their brain blinks out at night.
I try that nighttime routine, too, but I tend to fall asleep without properly documenting my ideas, and POOF they’re gone.
Then there’s the creative nap. Before I had a real job, those not-quite-asleep, meditative midday rests were sometimes ripe with story ideas.
So, why don’t I do my morning creativity exercises anymore? It has to do with sleeping on a Murphy bed in the living room with a morning person who wants to get into work early every morning. Ugh!
After reading this article, though, I may need to make some changes. For creativity’s sake, of course. Not because I’m lazy.