Writer: Reasons Why You Might Be Having A Sleepless Night #Writer #AmWriting


There are so many reasons why you might be having a sleepless night:

  1. You might be bubbling with literary excitement about a new story idea. It is very difficult to sleep in this situation.
  2. You might feel like you have more ‘tweets’ left in them. Sometimes it’s hard for a writer to say goodnight to Twitter.
  3. Your excitable creative muse is refusing to go to sleep.
  4. You can’t stop thinking about how much you dislike your latest draft. Why is it that our writer demons always come out to play in the early hours?
  5. You are questioning your entire literary career.
  6. Your blog stats are spiking due to your latest piece of flash fiction.
  7. Your blog stats have flatlined ever since you posted your latest piece of flash fiction.
  8. You are waiting ‘patiently’ for an international writer friend, who is living in a different time zone, to answer your ‘writer in literary distress’ email.
  9. Before you went to bed you submitted a piece of fiction into a competition and are busy visualising how you will react when you are informed your short story has won.
  10. You 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 you can think about is how your acquaintance went a step too far with the KFC treat revelation.
  11. The book you read before bedtime was so good it has given you a bad dose of writer envy.
  12. You can’t get an old unfinished story out of your head.
  13. You can’t stop thinking about a piece of negative feedback you got earlier in the day.
  14. You are lying in bed deliberating over whether or not to kill off one of your characters.
  15. You are trying to work out how you can kill a character.
  16. You pinned too many motivational and inspiring quotes on Pinterest and are now charged!
  17. You are feeling wired after a late night writing session.
  18. It is the night before your book is launched. How does one sleep in this situation?
  19. You can’t stop thinking about an attractive and dreamy fictional character.
  20. You are waiting for the literary elves to appear and magically finish their latest draft.
  21. Your characters won’t stay quiet.
  22. You have been suffering from Writer’s Block and are wondering whether you will ever write properly again.
  23. After a day of editing every time you close your eyes you see your own typos and badly worded sentences.
  24. You can’t stop thinking about a catastrophic plot hole which you uncovered earlier.
  25. They are suffering from Writer’s Insomnia.

Sweet dreams!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

14 thoughts on “Writer: Reasons Why You Might Be Having A Sleepless Night #Writer #AmWriting

  1. I like #20 especially…I have been waiting a fortnight for it to happen. Will have to sack the elves and get my story done this weekend irrespective as it’s due to the publisher… (I just CANNOT conceptualise the ‘crucial moment’ in the story despite writing a big build-up to it, or perhaps because of the big build up – thus ignoring my own key lesson to everybody else, which is to know the ending before you write the beginning…)

  2. These are fantastic! Most of my musing about characterization and plot points is done in the car, but I get hooked on YouTube writing vlogs and Wattpad at night and stay up WAY too late. I love reading your posts! They always brighten my day😊

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