I’m not exaggerating, this is one of the most valuable tips I can give you. I’ve rediscovered it accidentally the last week or so, as I work on rewriting my novel.
I wrote about it in the early days of this blog, in a post called Writing While You Sleep. (a wee bonus for those of you who go check out the post is a photo of my pug, Igor.)
But here’s the gist of it:
Our minds work in mysterious ways (news flash, I know) and they actually do quite a bit of that mysterious work while we sleep. So last thing before you go to bed, read over a few pages of whatever project is uppermost in your mind.
Odds are good you’ll be rushing to your computer, ideas firing, first thing in the morning. Be a good writer, be kind to your subconscious and go right to the computer. This encourages your mind to keep producing ideas.
I’ve been practicing this with stellar results. I wake up in the morning and rush to my office to write down all the ideas that come to me. And all from re-reading my most recent pages the night before.
Its a pretty simple way to keep the writing flow going.