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The Twilight Zone

I do my best thinking (at least as far as my novels are concerned) in the shower — I cannot count the number of times I’ve solved plot problems while shampooing my hair.  I do my second best thinking while walking — the three-block trip to the subway is usually long enough.


But lately, I’ve been solving story problems in the twilight zone, just before I fall asleep or just as I’m waking up.  Science has a word for this:  hypnagogia.  I’ve actually always done a lot of plot-solving as I fall asleep, but those solutions have almost always been forgotten, washed away by actual sleep and dreaming.  Or, upon waking, I remember the solution but conclude that it’s worthless.

That’s what’s changed.  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve figured out fixes that stay in my brain, through sleep, through dreams, through awakening.  Also, I’ve figured out different fixes in the morning, before I’m fully awake.

The Post-It notes by my bed are a workout — I don’t trust myself to remember most of my solutions through the mind-scrubbing routines of brushing teeth, washing my face, etc.  But so far, so good.

And now I’m off to write Chapter 7 of FROM LEFT FIELD.  Because, you know.  I figured out that there’s an actual *villain* in this romance!

Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.



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Jun. 11th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way in the shower, but instead of as I fall asleep, my brain works out story problems while I sleep and I realize them during the night when I wake up between dream cycles.

Post-it notes are a good idea. (I forget some of what I work out. I just know that it happened.)
Jun. 14th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
I often dream in text, churning over sentences, etc that I'm trying to make right. I used to dream in code, when I took computer programming courses -- that was the *worst* for waking up feeling totally unrested!
Jun. 12th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
I tend to think of things just as I'm about to fall asleep--I've learned to keep a notebook by the bed :-)
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