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?