Words floating around in your head, waiting to get out...and causing insomnia!

United States
July 19, 2009 12:36am CST
what inspires you to write? With me, it seems like sometimes i just have these thoughts and words floating aruond in my head, and the only way to get them out is by writing them down. For me this usually comes in the form of poetry. Many times when i am trying to deal with personal issues, or stresses in my life, i find the only way to calm myself and figure things out is to put that pen to paper and write about it. Some nights when i lay down to sleep, my brain just starts spinning with feelings and ideas, and i know the only way i am going to get to sleep is to get out my notebook and get these thoughts out. Does anyone else ever have this happen? Here's a poem that came about on one such night, when all i wanted to do was sleep but couldn't! Would you? Don't you hate it when you wake up at a quarter to three in the morning and all you want to do is go out or see people but hardly anyone is up and there's nothing to do you're so totally bored you just can't sleep you want to talk To get the words out that take up space in your head, your crowded brain you want to run farther and faster than you ever have before to get away to escape from the poison in your mind from the truth in your soul If you were offered a way to forget it all and just go back to sleep, would you take it? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ the poem itself poses another question.....WOULD you take it? Would you give up all that creative energy to just go back to sleep? or would you rather enjoy the "high" that comes from writing something (i can't be the only one who feels accomplished when i complete a writing) and forgo the rest that your body so dearly desires?
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Nice words! I guess I have gotten to a point in life where I don't really keep a "regular" schedule, anymore. Because I work from home, I'm really not all that dependent on watching the clock.... so I keep weird hours, and it's not that unusual for me to get up in the middle of the night, if some stroke of inspiration suddenly hits me. To answer your questions, NO, there's no way I'd want to not have the crazy thoughts and inner conversations that may (or may NOT!) lead to some form of creative writing. Of course, most of my writing ends up as flowing free-association rambles that never aspire to be more than journal entries.
• United States
20 Jul 09
That does make it a little easier, if you don't have to worry about getting up for work the next morning when it is 2 a.m. and you are sitting in bed scribbling away in a notebook. I totally understand what you mean about most of your work amounting to nothing more than journal entries, but even those evoke the "writers high" that i alluded to.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Nice poem :-) Yes, I am exactly the same way, and I have been for my whole life. I think that a writer writes not just because they like to write and 'work' words, but that they just MUST write. I've always had the habit to keep a pen and paper next to my bed, and in my purse, etc. There comes a time when the words just have to make it to paper lol. It used to be that my pen could not keep up with the flow of words forming in my brain, now I keep a notepad open on my computer and I get it down in a frenzy of typing hahaha. No, I don't think I would want to give up on my creativity just to go back to sleep. You're right about finishing a writing bringing a natural high. I do find though that when I wake up, or can't sleep, (because my brain is in writing mode), then once the flow is over I can go back to sleep and rest. There's been many times when I'd find it's 4 or 5am and I'm still writing lol. Even though I sometimes get sleep deprived, I'd still rather have that than a lack of creativity :-)
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• United States
19 Jul 09
Thanks so much for responding, and thanks for the compliment on my poem. Glad to know there are others out there who just get so overtaken by the creative urge they are willing to forgo the neccessities LoL....i woudln't give up the creative rush just for more sleep either!