So far, I’ve been able to keep up with these daily blog posts. However, it hasn’t been without challenges and consequences. I’m usually in bed and asleep by nine and up at six, so staying up until midnight to blog and post left me absolutely exhausted.
So, I have to rethink my daily schedule and make time to write that’s NOT in bed during my sleeping hours.
I’m cringing at that phrase: make time to write. Cringing with a sense of guilt and feeling like I’m making excuses. I keep hearing Charles Bukowski’s voice chastising me about air and light and time and space like drill sergeant.
“No baby, if you’re going to create
you’re going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you’re on
you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
you’re going to create blind
you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire.”
Yes, I feel guilty, but it’s short-lived. Oddly enough, sleep deprivation has a tendency to trump any other feeling going through my mind. Besides, I don’t think creativity can flourish without sleep – well, I take that back. Sleep deprivation can produce some pretty interesting, if not weird, things.
But I’ll leave that experiment for the more curious folks.
Making time to write is important, but it shouldn’t disrupt your personal sleeping environment (at least not too much, sometimes the lines just flow). I suffer from occasional insomnia, and I’ve been advised to limit the mental distractions/stimulations in the bedroom To get better sleep. Sleep, calmness and serenity should be the focus.
Hmmm…limiting mental distractions and being in personal space that has a specific purpose. That sounds like good advice for writing as well. So, if all goes well, I will be posting earlier morning forward – remember, I said if all goes well.