Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Consciousness: That Annoying Time Between Naps

Lately I've had trouble sleeping, so I thought I'd just post about it and ask if anyone else has annoying sleep cycles? When I don't get the coveted 8 hours of sleep, sometimes I get a little loopy and altered, and I wonder if some of the authors we've read were sleep-deprived when they wrote what they wrote. Or just laid in bed thinking for a little longer than they should have.


  1. Well, it doesn't make sleep troubles any easier when you have class at 8 am! Lila, if you can write like some of the people we have read in class due to a lack of sleep, I would be VERY impressed. In all seriousness, the author's state of mind certainly has alot to do with what they write. I often wonder if it is more than a lack of sleep that is affecting these writers...yellow wallpaper, really? Been wearing Jimi's acid-filled bandana?

  2. I am crazy about getting in at least 7 to 8 hours.. my friends will go out til 3 or 4 when they have to get up at 9 or 10 and I just cant do it. I was searching insomnia and authors and got this little blurb nothing much...

    Well known writers, who were known to have suffered from insomnia were
    Shakespeare, Dickens, Marcel Proust, and Scott Fitzgerald.

  3. I'm not surprised about Proust... if there is such a thing as "overthinking", he is guilty of it!

  4. We could also probably add Jack Kerouac to the list. The apocryphal story goes that On the Road was written in something like three weeks, during which Kerouac typed nearly nonstop with the assistance of heavy doses of speed. Technically, I think, that story is false, as it took him many years to complete the manuscript. However, I'm sure that some portions were written in accordance with the legend.