The Writer’s Nap is one of the many perks of being a writer. It deserves a blog post!
Here are the 5 stages of the Writer’s Nap:
1. Awareness – this stage is all about becoming aware of your need for a Writer’s Nap. It can arise from four situations:
- Post writing – you have been at it (writing) for hours / half an hour / a good ten minutes and you start to feel sleepy. Cue thoughts about having a little nap.
- Pre writing – you have the urge to write but the thought of actually writing makes you feel sleepy. Sometimes you have to nap first in order to write. Cue thoughts about having a little bit of shut-eye.
- Writing frustration – after sitting for some time at the desk you realise that writing is not your friend today. You have run into some issue – plot hole / lifeless character / unrealistic plot and rather than facing up to it you think about a Writer’s Nap. Cue thoughts of getting your head down for forty winks.
- Post Editing – You are like a zombie after hours of editing, As you stagger out of writing land all you can think about is having a little sleep.
2. Commitment – this stage is when you commit to having a Writer’s Nap. In your head it needs to happen and there is no turning back for you. Cue the creep upstairs to your bed or curl up on the sofa. Some of you crazy writers, like me, might even lay your head on the desk.
3. Napping – this stage is the nap itself. A luxurious and silky warm feeling envelops your body as you drift off. It’s such a fun and colourful place – writer’s dream world. All your characters rush to greet you and you all wander off happily to have some adventures.
The napping stage may bring on some dribbling out of one corner of the mouth, gentle snoring or even a little murmur.
4. Denial – this is the stage where you have been rudely woken up by loved ones who are standing over your bed / sofa / chair asking you why you are sleeping in the afternoon?
Cue the denial – you were not sleeping, you were just closing your eyes and imagining a scene in more detail….
5. A New Dawn – this stage is where you return to the writing desk and start writing. You feel energised and refreshed post your Writer’s Nap. All writing issues don’t seem as bad and your head is buzzing again with creative ideas. Cue your request to a loved one “put the kettle on love I could do with a [enter hot beverage of choice]”
Happy writing folks!
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