Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Creatively Tired

As I've mentioned before I'm usually at my most creative when I'm at my most tired. I really did recently have a time when I was trying to lay back and get to sleep but my mind wouldn't turn off and I kept breaking out the notepad. The main reason for this though was that I was trying to solve some problems with my book, and when you're just relaxing, doing nothing (like how people tend to try to get to sleep) your brain is going a mile a minute. When you're not really do anything your brain is working hard in the background solving problems. It's why if you can't solve a problem the answer will randomly come to you when you're laid in bed. The only problem with this is that it's usually forgotten by the time you wake up.

But as well as being to do with problem solving, it is also creativity with me. I've managed to think up pieces of dialogue for stories, even occasionally a full poem while trying to get some sleep. But I seriously hate sleep. There's just something about being that vulnerable that I just do not like. I get "enough" sleep. I appreciate that you need sleep really. This does not mean I have to enjoy the idea of sleep. It takes me so long to get to sleep because I fight it so much. The more tired I am the less I want to sleep. As well as being more creative, I'm also more active while tired. Or at least I have the potential to be. I want to do anything but sleep.

Sometimes I wonder if my aversion to sleeping is deeper than simply not wanting to be vulnerable, who knows? I really just don't like the idea of being completely unprotected.

Still, I now take my phone to bed with me (I use it as an MP3 player, I'm not just that weird. I never call or text anyone or receive them. I'm so ronery.) and I use the memopad on that, so at least now when my brain refuses to shut down, I have something I can write with should I get an idea that just has to be preserved.

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  1. Hmm, sleep is my best friend. I dream such beautfiul things, none of which want to keep me company in the waking world.

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    1. My dreams can get pretty weird and vivid.

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  2. I love sleeping, but I also keep my phone with me in case I have any midnight ideas too haha. It's a good idea.

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    1. Sleep is for the weak and the tired.

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  3. Often when I cant sleep I will let my mind wander, often composing stories and plans for blogs.

    But I love to sleep. Just lost the habit of being able to sleep in
    And that is okay. I love early mornings
    (see, told you I wasn't going far)

    My New Blog – “Lizard Happy”

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    1. I know you aren't going far. I don't like my mind wandering too much, but when I'm tired, I have less restraint. This could be contributing to this.

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  4. Sleep is a waste of time, in a comic I used to read (2000AD) they had machines that for 20mins use you got the equivalent of 8 hours good sleep, now that would be useful.....

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    1. Is that Judge Dredd? It's the only 2000AD comic I know.

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  5. I don't sleep many hours either. 4 hours a night is usually enough for me. Taking the phone to bed and using the memopad function is a great idea.

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    1. I think I get about 6 to 8 hours. It depends really. Sometimes though when I wake up I can fall straight back to sleep and get another few hours. Never does me much good though.

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  6. I get what you mean, Mark. :)

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  7. gotta love scumbag brain, keeping ya up at the craziest times.

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    1. Still nothing compared to scumbag Steve.

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  8. I always get my inspiration when I'm relaxing in the shower... or taking a dump.

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    1. Never doubt the power of the epiphany toilet.

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  9. i really wish i didn't love sleep so much...

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    1. Sleep is like sanity. It's overrated.

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  10. Sounds like you need to take shifts with someone on watch. Use a teddy bear.

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    1. I would but I think my teddy bears are conspiring against me.

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  11. You should sit for hours not doing anything but thinking. I do that before I write (or look at note of what I'm gonna write) and when I go to write it flows out of me so quick and great!

    (I use to sleep with a pen and paper next to my bed to wake up and record my thoughts as I drempt them!)

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    1. You'll see tomorrow why I don't do that. I really don't like total silence and just letting my mind wander unchecked.

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  12. I tried keeping a notepad and a pen next to me while sleeping in case I suddenly had a good idea in the middle of the night. Turns out, I could never figure out what I wrote down when I finally woke up.

    I need sleep, but my mind sometimes refuses to rest.

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    1. hehe even at 4am I'm pretty coherent, as I found out last night. My mind really refuses to rest on me.

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  13. Write a creative letter to you representatives about how much sopa sucks lol :)

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    1. Not American or I'd be spamming the fuck out of them all day erry day.

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  14. And here I just shut my eyes when I'm sleepy.

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  15. i usually fall asleep to some podcast or something

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    1. I'm always falling asleep to music. Can make from pretty weird dreams.

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  16. I'm lucky and can sleep anywhere...which has got me into trouble on trains before...

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    1. lol I can fall asleep when travelling okay, but for some reason cars make me tired. This could get me in trouble when driving.

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  17. I use my phone as a lullaby-singing machine too. Problem is, I dont shut it down after I'm asleep, and so it has no battery during the day.

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    1. Ahhh thankfully my blackberry has an auto shut off feature, so I can tell it to turn itself off and then back on again in time for the alarm to go off.

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  18. I once stayed up for 48 hours for the express purpose of writing a story for a creative writing class in college. The outcomes was...strange.

    I'm so tired, sheep are counting me.

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    1. That sounds like an "In Soviet Russia" joke. In Soviet Russia, sheep count you! I think I've stayed up 48 hours before. I remember there was a time I just didn't want to sleep at all. I've stayed up until the very early hours, or at most maybe about 36 hours, but I rarely try to pull a full 48.

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  19. I often wake up at the middle of the night with the answers of problems. :S

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    1. Having a lot of problems doesn't help.

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  20. I sleep well when I am very tired.

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    1. I tend to try to do anything but sleep when tired.

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  21. @Mark (I'm replying this way cause blogger wont let me click the reply button) Letting your mind go unchecked is fun! You never know where your mind will go! Don't worry it's not what drove me insane!

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    1. Yes but it is what drove me insane. I had trouble replying on someone else's blog but here on mine it seems fine. For me at least.

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  22. i get you on the part when you find it difficult to shut your mind up when it still runs every time you get ready for bed. I struggle with that as well but my mind tires down after a few minutes of endless thinking. In the contrary, i love sleeping so much! hahaha.

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    1. I think if you love sleep it should be easier to get to sleep really. I don't think my mind knows how to just stop.

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  23. I never sleep well. Maybe I need pills or something.

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  24. Sleep z my friend bt death z her sister *lil wayne* bdw im to conduct a interview with u on my blog to drive traffic 2u ,do the same 4me *chowder eyes*

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    1. I suppose I can try but this is very short notice. My email is on the contact me page if you're serious.

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  25. I know what you mean, its just how human nature works, I sometimes think that, I need pills aswell...

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    1. They really never did a thing for me.

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  26. i get like that when i'm really excited about a story or a project, i just wanna stay up and think about it all night long!

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    1. I can't really remember too well what excitement feels like.

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  27. I have a hard time falling asleep and will lie in bed for like four hours before finally falling asleep. But when i'm lying in bed that's also when I come up with stuff. Creative shit or weird ones either way i still like it :)

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    1. Same here but it only takes me an hour or so to get to sleep.

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  28. I love sleeping. It's the only way to dream and I love that so much. I don't get the whole, feeling vulnerable business. It's not as if your body is an avatar :P

    Besides, if you don't get enough sleep you're just as vulnerable because you're not as alert! Plus, you're an easy target to viruses

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    1. I think I have a pretty decent immune system. I don't get ill much and when I do it really knocks me on my ass. My body is technically an avatar, it's how I identify myself to the world. It's how I show myself to the world. Dammit I'm going to be thinking about that all day now.

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