****THIS IS A VENT…TURN OFF YOUR FEELINGS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED****
I’m an insomniac. It’s not a fun thing to be. Do you know what it feels like for your body to be completely exhausted but you cannot sleep? Do you know that sleep deprivation is a method of torture? Depriving your body of rest adversely affects your brain and cognitive functions.
When I see and hear people talk about the only way to be successful is to not sleep, like sleep is for suckers and losers, I want to scream and karate chop ’em in the throat, especially authors. If I see or hear one more person say rich people don’t sleep or no millionaire starts their day at noon, I’m calling their ISP and seeing about cutting off their Wi-Fi. Seriously, they don’t know how ridiculous they sound.
Sleep deprivation is harmful. Don’t believe me, take a look at this. If this doesn’t scare the shit out of you and make you want to take a nap, then by all means, stay awake. Walk around in a zombie-like state and try to write and sell books.
As authors, we have more of a responsibility than just learning and honing our craft. We write to entertain and our readers pay for this entertainment. We’re no different from athletes, artists, and anyone else who trains. I’m am 100% here for ambition and drive, and striving to be the best author you can be. I support you 100% for entering into this cruel industry and wanting to excel. Writing books is hard.
Authors have enough to worry about, with characters in our heads talking to us at all times of the night. Story ideas popping into our heads and getting stuck there like the “Fancy” song. There isn’t a time when I’ve been up at 3am cranking out chapters that I haven’t snuck away to log onto Facebook and see some of my fellow writers are up doing the same thing. We hustle. We hustle for sales, for ideas, for writing time. Authors, especially indie authors, grind like indie musicians. That’s why we need to rest.
And anyone who makes another person feel like they’re not doing enough, that they don’t love their craft or work as hard because they need their 6-8 hours of sleep every night…I just have one thing to say.
We have to take care of our minds and bodies. We have to keep our brains refreshed, not sluggish and tired. You aren’t at your best when you’re sleepy. Your imagination is on pause. Your creativity is lacking. But you #writeon because you’re #teamnosleep
Despite you think, no sleep = garbage writing. You just don’t want to admit it because CNTRL+A + DELETE is your least favorite combination. I’ve written chapters while in the midst of insomnia and 100% of the time either I or my editor said “this shit is garbage”. Sure, we have deadlines. We have to get these books out there. We feel the pressure from our readers, our families, and our bank accounts. But too many times, I’ve picked up a book and halfway through the book, I’m thinking ‘was she sleep when she wrote this?’
Shoddy writing, plot holes, bad editing…these are the signs of not only a bad writer, but a good writer who decided to jump on board the TEAM NO SLEEP train. Let me give you some advice, get off at the next stop.
Coming from a certified insomniac who has to sleep whenever I can, don’t hurt your creativity like that. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot before you ever get started because some music mogul (Yeah, Diddy, I blame you for this phenom) or some rapper is talking about SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. Sleep isn’t for anyone. It’s a vital necessity that can lead to DEATH if you’re not sleeping.
Take care of your mind and body and you will see yourself more focused on your success and every damn thing won’t seem like a struggle. Every little comment won’t set you off. If you’re an author, you owe it to your craft and your readers to put your best out there.