I have often wondered the same thing myself. I have even experimented on numerous occasions with self-induced altered mental and psychological states, to see what degree of conscious and useful control I could exercise over such states.
But not just with “altered writing states.” But with altered mental and psychological states involving scientific discovery, invention, composing, thinking, song-writing, mystical and spiritual experiences, perception, observation, and even with things like case-work and detective work.
There is to me a correlational relationship between rest, sleep (and the lack thereof), and mental and psychological productivity and insight.
Last month I participated in NaNoWriMo even though it’s the holidays and, as many of you know, I am battling the last vestiges of Shingles which makes me tired, like down to the BONES tired. But, lest I go crazy, I had to write, because that’s what writers do. We aren’t happy unless we are writing something.
I figured in the beginning I likely wouldn’t make the 50,000 word mark not only because of feeling puny, but I also have other writing that doesn’t count toward NaNo.
Yet, the interesting thing is, being tired can have benefits. If we wait until that celestial alignment when the kids aren’t sick, our pants fit, there isn’t a heap of laundry, the garage is clean, the junk mail sorted, and we feel energized? We won’t get a lot of writing done, so here is some food for thought…
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