There are so many reasons why you might be having a sleepless night:
- You might be bubbling with literary excitement about a new story idea. It is very difficult to sleep in this situation.
- You might feel like you have more ‘tweets’ left in them. Sometimes it’s hard for a writer to say goodnight to Twitter.
- Your excitable creative muse is refusing to go to sleep.
- 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?
- You are questioning your entire literary career.
- Your blog stats are spiking due to your latest piece of flash fiction.
- Your blog stats have flatlined ever since you posted your latest piece of flash fiction.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The book you read before bedtime was so good it has given you a bad dose of writer envy.
- You can’t get an old unfinished story out of your head.
- You can’t stop thinking about a piece of negative feedback you got earlier in the day.
- You are lying in bed deliberating over whether or not to kill off one of your characters.
- You are trying to work out how you can kill a character.
- You pinned too many motivational and inspiring quotes on Pinterest and are now charged!
- You are feeling wired after a late night writing session.
- It is the night before your book is launched. How does one sleep in this situation?
- You can’t stop thinking about an attractive and dreamy fictional character.
- You are waiting for the literary elves to appear and magically finish their latest draft.
- Your characters won’t stay quiet.
- You have been suffering from Writer’s Block and are wondering whether you will ever write properly again.
- After a day of editing every time you close your eyes you see your own typos and badly worded sentences.
- You can’t stop thinking about a catastrophic plot hole which you uncovered earlier.
- They are suffering from Writer’s Insomnia.
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