The Creative Process Doesn’t Require Caffeine

The creative process welcomes sleepy and unmotivated people

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Caffeine is wonderful. This post is less about caffeine and more about accepting yourself in all your sleepy unmotivated states. Our brains don’t need to go a million miles per hour to get writing done. I have the same writing goals set for myself every day and they get done the same amount whether I’m caffeinated or not. Having the speedy feeling that coffee causes feels real nice. Also, making the perfect cup of coffee is like finding the best friend you’ve always dreamed about. Well, that’s how I feel every time I have a perfect cup. But when it comes to the creative process, coffee isn’t a necessity.

Creative Process Without Coffee?

There are a few ways to think about this let’s start here, according to, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1886) came to him in a dream. It says, “The split personality — or, to be more scientifically accurate, disassociative identity disorder — got its most famous fictional account as the result of an 1885 nightmare. As Stevenson’s wife told her husband’s biographer: In the small hours of one morning,[…]I was awakened by cries of horror from Louis. Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him. He said angrily: ‘Why did you wake me? I was dreaming a fine bogey tale.’ I had awakened him at the first transformation scene.’ Sick and bedridden, Stevenson wrote and rewrote the story, publishing it as a novella the next year.” Sick and bedridden is no cup of coffee. Over the years, many writers have come up with their book ideas in dreams. Creating books while they sleep not while they are over-functioning. Imagine that. I’m not saying skip the coffee, I’m just saying, coffee isn’t required in the creative process.

Too Tired?

Here’s another way to look at it, when you’re tired you’re less likely to fight a bad idea. This could go either way, the editing isn’t so easy in the sleepy state but story development can move forward in fantastic ways. Kristan Lamb speaks about it in one of her blog posts titled How Being Tired Can Make You a Better Writer. She says,

One of the biggest enemies of great fiction is Conscious Mind.

We have to fight so many other things we have a lot of energy. Social media, cleaning, hydrating, the need to move, and whatever else about being AWAKE makes you step away from your creating. Invite the meh feelings into your creative process so you can have a calm body. Calm bodies feel nice.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
Pablo Picasso

We’re supposed to be

The last thing that’s important to mention is that we are supposed to be tired. We are supposed to allow ourselves days where we are not over alert. I know that society likes us to be 100% whether at work, in public, when we’re hosting something whatever, but that isn’t a requirement for the creative process. The creative process doesn’t need you 100%. The creative process just requires you to show up and believe, that is all.

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Shoulders Back, Chin up

We all do things differently. There’s no one way to get to the finish line. There is suggestions on how to make the journey more enjoyable. There’s choices that could make it feel like you’re starting over but you’ll never start from the same place twice.

You may even get to a point in life where you have to rebuild. You may have to buy new materials but this time, you know what doesn’t work. And just because you’re starting over doesn’t mean you failed. The fact that you showed up for yourself, is sign that you’re doing better than you think.

On the flip side, trying something brand new, is hard. It’s scary and complex and can feel overwhelming. You might fail. You’re apt to make rookie mistakes because you’re a rookie and this is new but that doesn’t define who you are and it doesn’t define your future.

So whether you’re starting over or starting from scratch, be kind to yourself but most of all, forgive yourself for not knowing. Forgive yourself for knowing and not doing. Do better next time. But don’t quit.

Not Your Worries

For the Conscious Writer

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You’re going to the edge and leaping over it. No one is going to understand that and don’t expect anyone to. Not even the few that have known you and understood you you’re entire life. Conscious writing leads you to new horizons. Conscious writing is going to take you to places you want and then it’s going to show you the places where you need to go. These are often two different things. But first, know that people are going to place their own fears and insecurities on you. They are going to make you question things you didn’t even think of doubting the minute you made this commitment. Just know, deep down in that beautiful soul of yours that those are not your worries to carry.

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