I have to run to work this morning early and between worrying about getting up on time and having all my stuff ready for work and sinus troubles and it turned hot last night, I gave up on sleeping. Not that I wanted to. I will be dead on my feet today and have dinner out to follow tonight. Argh. I keep telling myself it's all right--that tonight I can sleep and I have nothing but leisure time on my hands tomorrow. Well, except that I have to get caught up on my writing goals and I'm starting another online Happy Hookers class.
So what helps to bring about a couple of hours of sleep when your body and mind won't allow it??? Think about your current WIP. I had read a couple of chapters of a book after doing some edits on my work, right before I turned out the lights. And when I couldn't sleep...I began thinking about the story I had read, how it was all predictable except for a couple of mysteries. How giving the bad guy's POV detracts from some of the mystery. And somehow I began to focus on my own story, knowing that I need to deepen the mystery, the plot.
Plight of the Wolf is a sequel to Destiny of the Wolf, but I have two other stories that will come out between them. So in my groggry mind, I came up with the idea of taking one of the villainous characters who seemed like not too bad a guy after all from Destiny of the Wolf, and incorporate him in this story. It means changing some of my premise that I felt wasn't working anyway, so I'm pleased. And that's how these thought processes can work. Something jogged by another author's work and voila! I'm on the right track. Or at least a better track. But I worried then, would I remember this brilliant idea when I woke? If I ever went to sleep?
Maybe not. So I flipped on my light and wrote it down. :)
Hope your last Saturday of 2008 is super! I'm off to work and hope that it's quiet....Or maybe not. Keeping busy will keep me awake. :)
Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, The Vampire...In My Dreams, Winning the Highlander's Heart