There are so many reasons why a writer might be having a sleepless night:
- They are bubbling with literary excitement about a new story idea. It is very difficult to sleep in this situation.
- They feel that they have more ‘tweets’ left in them. Sometimes it’s hard for a writer to say goodnight to Twitter.
- Their excitable creative muse refuses to go to sleep.
- They can’t stop thinking about how much they dislike their latest draft. Why is it that our writer demons always come out to play in the early hours?
- They are questioning their entire literary career.
- Their blog stats are spiking due to their latest piece of flash fiction.
- Their blog stats have flatlined ever since they posted their latest piece of flash fiction.
- They are waiting ‘patiently’ for an international writer friend, who is living in a different time zone, to answer their ‘writer in literary distress’ email.
- Before they went to bed they submitted a piece of fiction into a competition and are busy visualising how they will react when they are informed that their short story has won.
- They are riddled with writer envy, after a writer acquaintance tweeted earlier to say that they have a new literary agent and this particular agent is treating them to a large KFC bucket, fries and a Sprite. All the writer can think about is how their acquaintance went a step too far with the KFC treat revelation.
- The book that they read before bedtime was so good it has given them a bad dose of writer envy.
- The writer can’t get an old unfinished story out of their head.
- They can’t stop thinking about a piece of negative feedback they got earlier in the day.
- The writer is lying in bed deliberating over whether or not to kill off one of their main characters.
- The writer is lying in bed trying to work out how they can kill one of their characters.
- They pinned too many motivational and inspiring quotes on Pinterest and are now charged!
- They are feeling wired after a late night writing session.
- It is the night before their book is launched. How does one sleep in this situation?
- They can’t stop thinking about an attractive and dreamy fictional character.
- They are waiting for the literary elves to appear and magically finish their latest draft.
- Their characters won’t stay quiet.
- They have been suffering from Writer’s Block and are wondering whether they will ever write properly again.
- Their creative muse kindly woke them up an hour or so ago to ask them a question about their draft novel. The answer to the question is still bugging the writer.
- After a day of editing every time they close their eyes they see their own typos and badly worded sentences.
- They can’t stop thinking about a catastrophic plot hole which they uncovered earlier.
- They are suffering from Writer’s Insomnia.
- They have just worked out how to end their novel.
- Their future literary agent tweeted earlier to say they were ill in bed with the flu. The writer is genuinely concerned for their future agent’s welfare and is contemplating sending a ‘get well soon’ card, together with the first three chapters of their draft novel (which their future agent can read from their sick-bed).
Sweet dreams writers!
Happy Thanks Giving to all my American readers.