I notice the quiet darkness of early morning. A bit of muffled traffic noise filters through my open window as I wonder if it’s better to get out of bed and really wake up or stay in one spot and hope to fall asleep again within seconds.
Depending on my schedule in the morning, waking up at 3 a.m. can be unnerving. A good night’s sleep for me is as restorative as all the hype says it is. Some nights, however, I wake up far too early. The mental argument of whether sleep will reoccur within moments or get up and do something since I am awake anyway keeps me…awake.
The resolution? Get up. Go to my writing room and curl up in my easy chair. Get out paper, pencil or turn on the computer and write.
Whether it is the muse, the moon, the subconscious or the quiet, working in combination or individually to stimulate the flow of ideas and details to create words, blog entries or stories, I don’t know. I like to believe it is all that and something more that doesn’t have a name.
The smartest thing I can do when I can’t get back to sleep is head to my writing space. Answer the call. Trust that there is a reason, one deeper that I can understand, at work here to get me to the words.
The practice is full proof. I am never disappointed in what I create between 3 and 5 in the morning.
Before I began this entry, I generated a list of 26 topic possibilities for this blog. It’s rich fodder for future compositions. Best of all, I started my day with my own writing, even if I head back to sleep for a couple more hours.