You know that weird state your brain is in right after you wake up?

Your creativity is enhanced by the transition into consciousness, and is uninhibited by the mundanities of everyday life. Additionally, this is often the freshest part of your day; it’s when events haven’t attempted to take our awareness away from us. We have full control of our brains for a short time.

These are the reasons why writer and editor Robert McCrum suggests writing in bed:

Writing in bed is not just about convenience or comfort. I think there’s a psychological advantage, too. If you write in bed in the early morning (as I do occasionally) you occupy an intriguing part of consciousness, somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness. Part of you is still in the shadowy cave of dream world; part of you is adjusting to the sharp brightness of reality. The mixture is fruitful and often suggestive.

While this may sound a bit odd (especially for people who have heard that they should separate work and living spaces), legendary writers like Marcel Proust, Winston Churchill, and Mark Twain all wrote in bed. Have you ever tried this? Or do you keep a notebook by your bed?

  • Arina

    Ahahahaha… I actually has been doing this for years!

  • Rein Ewerth

    I usually get the best ideas before bed, at the exactly same state when I’m in between the dream and awareness.
    Usually I think, “nah, I’ll write it down when I wake up” and when I wake up my idea of saving the world from going crazy and earn 1.000.000$ completely gone.

  • Tash Keuneman

    What? Stay in bed. You don’t have to tell me twice. I’ve been doing this for the last couple of years.

  • Daniel

    Sometimes great creative inspiration hits as I toss and turn early in the morning. I can’t wait to get out of bed to start implementing the ideas I’ve just had. YES! absolutely agree!

  • Adam C Sherwood

    I don’t lie in bed…but I definitely find first thing in the morning to be my best daily writing time. I do often write in a lounge style chair though so that’s similar to lying in bed.

  • Anna banana

    I’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, although I do it backward. I jot down things as I am about to fall asleep. A notebook by your bed really helps.

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