From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Character Before Bedtime

I have to credit my sister's friend with this idea. She's a bit of a writer, and my sister told me that every night before she goes to bed she entertains and lulls herself by developing a character. She creates someone, who they are, what they do, the color of their eyes and hair, their background and relationships. I'm a terrible sleeper anyway, and don't know if this will help me with that, but it could be a good use of the trying to fall asleep time. A new character every night gives you quite a stock for your current and future projects. You may even dream about the character, write a novel about it and become the next Stephanie Meyer. Or not. But it sounds like a cool idea, and I thought I'd pass it on. So next time you're lying in bed trying to sleep, instead of counting sheep, create someone in your head.

And speaking of sheep, here's a character to get the juices flowing. James Cromwell as Farmer Hoggett in Babe. Genius going on, right here.

Happy writing!
Sarah Allen


  1. I actually do this too! I didn't know other people used it as a tactic for falling asleep. My mind races before I go to sleep and this helps me focus my thoughts on one thing and take my mind off of everything else. Then I drift off to dreamland :-)

  2. What a joyous scene! James Cromwell was brilliant. Thanks for such a good post.

  3. Dear Sarah,
    Good Morning!
    It's raining in Kerala,India.
    Enjoyed reading your post.
    Thanks for spreading joy with words.
    Wishing you a beautiful day ahead,


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