Friday, November 23, 2012

My Cure for Insomnia

There are times when all I do is think about "what happens next" in my manuscript. Being a pantser, there is no plotting or outlining before the writing begins. The beginning and ending are clear, but the middle is written "by the seat of my pants."

Scenes will roll by quickly and can suddenly come to a screeching halt. That's the time more "thinking" or "mind plotting" happens. It can consume every waking minute, and even when my eyes are closed in the dark, when sleep should take me away, ideas flow. Tossing and turning, trying to clear my mind...useless.  Talk about a bad case of insomnia!

The only thing that helps, when counting sheep doesn't, is to get out of bed and read the Bible. God's words bring me comfort and rest. Only then, can I crawl between the sheets and find the slumber needed.

Is there anything that keeps you awake at night?

Are there favorite scripture verses that bring you comfort?

Psalm 55:6-7 So I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest."


Unknown said...

I find myself praying if I wake up in the night. God is always there.

Carol Ann said...

Waking up in the middle of the night is a good time to pray for others. I figure God wakes us up for that reason. :)