By Janie Reinart
Do you want to increase your writing superpowers while you sleep?
We've all had the experience of going to sleep thinking about our writing and waking up--in the morning or the middle of the night--with just the right word or plot twist.
Quick write it down so you don't forget! No matter how hard I try, I can't remember in the morning.
This new routine is a twist on morning pages,
called crystallized thinking.
Before you go to sleep, direct your subconscious by journaling as many questions as you can about the writing project you are working on.
“Never go to sleep without
a request to your subconscious.”
— Thomas Edison
In the morning, before you look at emails or Facebook, or read the paper, empty your mind by writing down what ever flows from your pen.
I've added my own spin to the exercise by using different color pens for the AM and PM journaling.
My subconscious has given me some good answers and some I wasn't expecting.
One night, I wrote question after question about a nonfiction story set in World War II. Earlier that same day, I spoke to my three year old granddaughter.
She wanted a snack. When she and her dad went to the pantry, Jane said,"Options, please."
The next morning, I started to journal excited to see what answers would appear for my World War II project.
I was very surprised when Evelyn Armadillo showed up.
She couldn't make up her mind and said, "Options, please."
You never know where your superpowers will lead you.
Try crystallized thinking and see where you go. The more you practice, the more results appear.