Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mad Streak

Ever get on one of those mad writing streaks, where sleep and time and food don't really matter? Those are the best.

I've been on a few where I forget such elixirs of life as fresh coffee and Southern sweet tea exist, but those are the real benders, when it's all I can do to take dictation from the ideas flooding my mind.

The current craziness is a calmer kind, when the story is a puzzle, and though I know what the final picture must be, I spend hours examining the pieces, turning them, shuffling them, fitting them together.

After work Tuesday night, and after a few trivial chores and a call from a friend, I started on the writing. Lots of tea, lots of coffee, and many deleted words later, I realized the sky was looking light.

Even when the digital clock beside the bed ticked over to 6:00 a.m., I still wasn't asleep, but the ideas that came then were for a different story than the one I'd been working on. Great ideas, too.

Figure I'll ride this streak till it dies. It always does, but it's awesome while it lasts.


Eaglewing said...

Haven't had too many of those streaks, but they must be cool. What bugs me is when I'm at work and a great idea pops into my head and I can't sit down and write it. Should keep that notepad handier I guess. Enjoy the ride.

Alexander Field said...

Keanan, I LOVE those times. They are so rare, and if you're in the middle of one right now - keep going. Ride it, ride it and then get some sleep! : ) Happy Easter!

Keanan Brand said...

Eagle - I usually have some sort of paper and pen handy; Friday night, I realized I'd left the latest story notes on my desk at work. Drat! But I think I can recall enough of them that I can make progress this weekend.

Alex - They ARE awesome! And I'm starting to feel that lack of sle-- Zzzzzzzzz. Pardon. I nodded off.