Last week I set the time and place for the February Writers Hangout. I always have it scheduled from 6-8pm, mostly because it’s a Happy Hour type of event, but also because I’m an early-to-bed kind of gal. It’s not unusual for me to be bathed, in my pjs, and pulling the sheets up over my head by 9:30pm. A lady had asked that I move the event time to be from 7-9pm. Um…nope. It may be more convenient for you, but that’s just too close to my bedtime.
Sleep is so, so important to my creative process. I just don’t function well if I haven’t had a good nights’ rest. This morning I awoke at 4am to a splitting headache. I only had 5 hours sleep. My day today may not be that productive after lunch, not just because I’m feeling badly still, but because I didn’t have enough rest. I did get up and journal…eventually…but not right when I woke up.
I find on days I go to bed late, as in after 10pm, that I just can’t possibly wake up by 5:30am to get my morning pages in. I will wake at 6:30am and only have time to get ready and a bite to eat before heading off to work at 7:20. I then end up doing them at work. That cuts into much of my worktime where I need to be active and creative for my job, but also keeps me from really concentrating on what I’m doing. I have constant interruptions with my day job as a librarian. Sounds weird, but it’s true. I’m not complaining as it’s part of what I do and its expected of me, but it’s not contusive to creative writing. I lose my train of thought entirely too easily and it takes me forever to get back on track once I remember where I stopped.
Rest. It is so important. Not just to your health, but to your creative juices. Some writers can write until the wee hours of the morning, others have to go to bed early and get up before sunrise to get anything accomplished. I am that before sunrise lady. Don’t get upset if I don’t come to your event or if I have to tuck out early on a weeknight. It’s not that I don’t want to be there, having all the fun with the fun people. It’s that I must go to sleep!