In Note 168 – Writing the old fashioned way with pen and paper I mentioned that I would try writing in bed whilst having a lay in. This morning, after first listening to a meditation track for an hour, I got out my notepad and pen. My thoughts were flowing with so many ideas that I couldn’t write them up quick enough. The lovely thing about it was that my girls joined me and started writing too. It felt great helping them learn new words and spending time writing together.
What I also learnt was that I was relaxed, whereas I am usually tense sitting at my computer. Also, if you write immediately after waking, as explained in Note 132: warming up before the real writing, you can tap into your subconscious thoughts which can be very interesting. This can be known as ‘flow writing’ or ‘stream-of-consciousness’ writing.
Who else writes in bed?
If you’ve read my blogs before, you will know that I usually go hunting around the internet to see who else has the same thoughts as me. It always makes me a smile when I go to Google and see blogs and articles with almost the same title as mine (wouldn’t it be nice to be the first to think of something!). Anyway, this time I typed in ‘Writing in bed’ and it brought back 249 million results!
The Guardian online has a blog by Robert McCrum called The advantages of writing in bed and explains that writers like George Orwell, Marcel Proust, Edith Wharton and Winston Churchill liked writing in bed. He writes “could it have been because writing in bed can help access the unconscious?”. Robert McCrum once spoke to George Orwell’s doctor and learnt that Orwell used to prop up his typewriter on his bed in his dying days.
The next interesting piece I found was written by a fellow WordPress blogger Christine Mareebell who is also a writer of many books for children and young adults. It looks like she had the same idea as me back in July, as she also googled ‘Writing in Bed’ and wrote a great blog as a result. It was very inspired by how she manages to achieve so much in the mornings before she has even got out of bed.
Lastly, there’s Dawn Allcot (website www.craftingfiction.com) who is a full-time freelance writer and editor. She wrote an article called Writing in Bed and Other Strange Habits of Freelancers. It begins with the disadvantages of writing in bed saying that “Fen Shui consultants, sleep experts and probably many psychologists advise against working in the same place you sleep”. She goes on to say that she too finds that there are benefits of writing in bed – the line I love the best in her article is:
“Like the cozy exclusivity of the bedroom, itself, which shuts out the rest of the world, writing in bed makes me forget about everything except what I’m doing at that moment”.
My thoughts: There are some really successful people out there that write/have written in the comfort of their own bed…..I will definitely be doing more of it!
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