Scaling the walls of my imagination.


Have you ever found your mind so full of ideas, images and story lines, that trying to sort them out feels almost impossible. I do, sometimes. Every night, when I go to bed, I find my brain  fizzing and churning with a chaotic mixture of ideas, so much so that I rarely get a decent night’s sleep

I’m always having to turn the light on and scribble down whatever’s popped into my head, otherwise I’ll forget it. It’s usually worth the effort, but sometimes, in the light of day, a lot of my scribblings turn out to be pure nonsense and totally unusable, even for speculative fiction.

How I wish my brain had a mental filing cabinet, where I could file away my thoughts neatly, to be retrieved at my leisure. No doubt some people have the capacity to do this, but a lot of us have to retain our ideas the hard way.

Never mind. Better to have an overactive imagination, I suppose, than none at all.



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10 Responses to “Scaling the walls of my imagination.”

  1. You’re right, Kate. I’d rather have to get out of bed to write down ideas than to suffer from a lack of imagination.


  2. I rarely get a good night’s sleep but it’s usually cat-induced. When I’ve been woken, I inevitably start thinking about ‘stories’ or phrases, but I’m too busy trying to stop thinking and get back to sleep to get up and write them down.


  3. I often marvel about how thoughts and images arrive on waves around themes I’m working on, sometimes at high frequency and speed. Then I get annoyed – hey, slow down. Never works. It’s like catching one salmon out of hundreds. On other days thoughts wander in at leisure – hello, is this a good time? I guess we’re at the mercy of these varying wavelengths.


  4. I have this issue constantly. With raising my son during the day and working full time at night I have little time to write down my ideas but they are still floating around up there. Many will get lost but the worthwhile ones will keep returning.

    Sort them out as much as you can.

    Thanks for sharing and reading,

    Sarah Butland
    author of Arm Farm, Brain Tales and Sending You Sammy


  5. I live my life by notebooks I’m afraid, in every room, pockets of coats, desk drawers, bedside tables, under pillows, kitchen cabinets. I simply can’t remember half the ideas I have, so without jotting them down immediately they’re lost for all time! I’m not sure if it’s a writer thing or merely a pathetic lack of concentration! 😀


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