My Mind Finished Writing My Article While I Was Asleep

How losing the moment of inspiration can cost you dearly

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

🡺As it happened

Two days ago, I started working on a really interesting story, and at about one o’clock at night I decided to stop writing because I had to attend a meeting in the morning. I didn’t really interrupt my writing; the basic idea and construct of the story was there, so I felt I’d be able to continue writing it the next day.

🡺What it teaches me

I should rather be more rational about the fact that inspiration happens in the moment when it happens and that I can’t just switch it on whenever I want to. It is a very sophisticated ‘thing’ that needs immediate attention, and if I miss to follow it, it may be gone forever. What a loss! Almost like losing a friend. It marinated long enough to finally come to the surface of my awareness, and I decided, it’s better to eat a sandwich — or whatever else— what a mistake.


How many times have I stopped writing an article for whatever reasons, just to find out that I lost half of my thoughts to a phone call or other insignificance? It’s much better to — even at the cost of exhaustion — to write down everything that comes to mind, so that none of the important information may get lost, never to be recovered again.

I write about the resistance to change, the unwillingness to take risks, and paralysis of indecision — only the good stuff.

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