It’s a little after 5am. I’ve been awake since 3, and am not feeling particularly endeared to my creative gears at the moment. No one likes Writer’s Block, and I do appreciate my muse when it’s on fire, spouting out plot ideas and crafting sentences…but why must my muse be most active *after* I’ve gone to bed? I am not nocturnal, by any means, though it appears my muse keeps a vampiric schedule.
I keep a notepad and pen in my nightstand for such occasions, quickly jotting down ideas so I don’t forget them come morning. Sometimes, though, my muse starts writing out a scene in my head, and my hand just can’t keep up with the pace. So with a heavy sigh, I turn on the light, get out of bed, and go to my computer where I can hastily type up the words swirling around in my head.
Then I try once again to go to sleep. Do I have visions of sugarplum fairies dancing in my head? No. I get more plot ideas and scenes running through my mind like an internal movie screen with no off button. Sometimes, after laying there for two hours, I can get back to sleep. Then there are nights like tonight (now today?) where I might as well give it up. Maybe if I didn’t already have problems with insomnia and sleep deprivation, these little bursts of creativity wouldn’t bother me as much. But I do, and then my muse makes me cranky. I had planned on devoting the entire next day to writing, couldn’t it have waited? As it is, now I’m too tired to jump-start my editing goals.
I have a love-hate relationship with my muse. What about you? When does your muse tend to strike with brilliance? Is it at inconvenient times, inconvenient places? Or do you have the opposite problem, and your muse broods silently for longer periods of time?