The 3 a.m. Idea

If you’re a writer or other type of creative person, you’ve been there.  It’s 3 a.m.  You’re asleep.  It’s quiet. And then…your brain decides to wake up and start working on your project.  And boom!  Your eyelids fly open like window shades, and your mind goes into overdrive as you start connecting the dots and creating the most elaborate, award-winning scene ever created for audiences.

But you’ll remember it tomorrow morning when you wake up.  And you go back to bed.

Morning.  The sun is up.  You’re up.  And what was that f**king brilliant idea you had last night??!!???

Yep.  It happens to all of us.  Sometimes more than once.  After a few times of it happening, it’s best to give into the creative impulse and WRITE THE IDEA DOWN!  Keep a legal pad or notebook by the bed.  Or, if you have horrifically illegible handwriting when you write fast like I do, type it out in the Notes page on your phone or use your computer.

Best case scenario: you saved a brilliantly creative idea from being washed away in the night.

Worst case scenario: you read it the next morning, realize the idea is crap, and delete or scratch it out.

Either way, it’s available for you to make that decision the next day.

Think it.  Write it.  Save it. Your creative sanity will thank you later.

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