1. Turns out burning the midnight oil may not be the best way to finish that article. We have all done a writing marathon convinced that our best ideas come at 3:00 A.M.
Not so; the brain needs rest too, at least 7 hours’ worth. During the day your brain is in use and can’t clear the toxins that build up. Sleep is the only thing that can cure that and clear out the cobwebs and the toxins.
Researchers in Finland studied over 3,000 men and women to find the optimum hours of sleep needed for the best production, 7.6 for women, 7.8 for men.
Pillow huggers unite. If you write late, sleep late. Keep your brain creative and give it a break, along with your body.
2. Lack of sleep can be produced by your environment according to a survey done by Women’s Health, American Sleep Assoc. and Thrive Global. Follow this link to find the best ways to sleep better. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/bedroom-sleep
3. Another set back from less sleep is writer’s block. You can also fight that by keeping an idea journal. List at least 3 ideas for an article or blog post daily.
You will be surprised at how many times that journal will come in handy. Green ideas can be used anytime. Check Odyssey on-line for a few more tips https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-ways-cure-writers-block.
4. Always put what you write aside and read it again later or the next day. You will be more objective about your work after a good night’s sleep.
5. Do one thing at a time. Write. Avoiding multitasking will help keep you focused. As example-don’t try and change the baby or the engine oil while working on a piece. You never know what will turn up in the engine or on the baby.
6. Keep it simple. Both Orson Wells and Mark Twain were of one mind when it came to word use. Where a long word works, a short word might be better.
If you had to look up your word choice in the dictionary imagine what your audience thinks when reading it.
7. Write what you know.
Best of luck to all and keep sleeping, just not at the keyboard.