There’s a point each night between being awake and being asleep — those few moments where your brain goes completely nonlinear, but you’re still conscious enough to realize that your thoughts are getting strange. Sometimes with me it gets so extreme that I’m pretty sure I’m having thoughts that are not my own, which is a little creepy.
The other night, I was in this state for about two and a half hours before I finally fell asleep. It wasn’t restful in any way, but it was pretty interesting, especially as I generally remember most of the thoughts I have during these weird, creepy twilight periods. And I almost always use those thoughts in stories.
The older I get, the more I realize that’s where most of my good ideas come from. Most of my stories, plots, characters, and the like come to me while I’m trying to fall asleep, and falling asleep has been inexplicably rough for me these last two weeks. That means I’m full of great story ideas lately.
And I’m so tired. So very tired.
What about you, folks? When do most of your ideas hit you?