About a year ago, I had an idea for a novel. Something like October Sky-meets-The Sandlot-meets-Radio Flyer-meets-Stand by Me-meets-Erin. Needless to say, it wasn’t sketched out very well and the whole concept felt forced and muddled so I left it behind to die in the Graveyard of Forgotten Ideas.
Then, last night, a miracle!
Okay, not really a miracle per se, but a Great Happening nonetheless: I woke up bleary-eyed after one a.m. and that long-dead idea suddenly popped out of the grave and came back to life, only now it was fresh and bursting with new and tailored ideas. And I didn’t even open my eyes.
I should write this down, I thought to myself. But it’s a true miracle that I ever get out of bed at all, so instead I committed it to my mental banks until morning. Then, I wrote it down.
Sleepy revelations certainly aren’t limited to little old me. Studies have proven that people are more creative when they’re sleepy. In a study published in Thinking and Reasoning last year, two researchers reported that people are most imaginative when they’re the least productive. Psychology says sleepyheadedness is one of the four secrets to robust creativity.
So … what are you waiting for?
Time to go back to bed.