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There are those sleepless nights in the middle of hot summers when you lie awake staring at the ceiling, thinking about the characters in your manuscript. They have to go here and do this, wear certain clothes or speak in a certain way. Your mind is full of conversation and sleep seems distant and very unimportant. Perhaps it’s the furthest thing from your mind. Here in the desert, most of the year is like a hot summer and the only way to curb my busy characters is to write it down and get it out early in the morning. Sometimes I tiptoe out of bed at five A.M. so I can scribble down ideas and by ten in the morning--I’m drained, tired and ready for a nap.
I've heard of authors who write through the entire evening and sleep in the day. Or those who write as if they’re at work from 8 to 5. Many studies have shown that we do our best thinking in the morning and I have to admit that even though I’m not a morning person, it works the best for me. After coffee is even better but honestly I feel that the caffeine in coffee makes my characters something different from the way I originally imagined them. Writing after coffee makes them faster and a little bit scattered—perhaps more
interesting though—but less detailed and more action oriented. I guess that’s why some famous writers chose alcohol to slow down the pace and blur their sensitivity to pain so they could write colorful and vivid details.
When do you write? Do you feel that what you eat or drink affects the outcome? Should we monitor our chocolate, caffeine, booze, sugar etc. before jotting another line?