10 Reasons Most Writers Are (At Least a Little) Sleep-Deprived

Sleep is essential. Don’t take this post too seriously. Go to bed!

1. We consume a lot of caffeine. You know … for reasons.

2. Have you ever had a bunch of semi-imaginary people in your head talking all at once? It’s loud. It never stops.

3. Once you get an idea in your head, it’s hard to calm it down. And it very often happens just as you’re about to fall asleep.

4. Writers also do a lot of self-reflection. It helps us write better characters. This also seems to happen often at night.

5. Sometimes, if you want to write a lot, you have to do it very early or very late. Fur babies (and tiny humans) don’t like it when you write while they’re awake.

6. Deadlines! Deadlines everywhere!

7. It’s very easy to get lost in a story in which real-time no longer exists. All of a sudden it’s past midnight and you’re still in the exact same spot. Oops!

8. You’re either super-excited about what you’re going to write tomorrow or you’re worried you won’t be able to. So you stare at the ceiling trying not to think about it.

9. “Dreaming’ while you’re awake is sometimes better than dreaming while asleep.

10. Sometimes, we reserve the snooze button for celebratory moments, even small ones.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.


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3 thoughts on “10 Reasons Most Writers Are (At Least a Little) Sleep-Deprived

  1. I know a lot of this is tongue in cheek, but #5 rings so true to me. I’ve resorted to getting up earlier and earlier just to get some writing done. The chores can be done when everyone else is awake. My writing can not!

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