Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

by Rachel Baker on January 31, 2014

Here’s a nice look at Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft. Specifically, the author of the post focused on creative sleeping and its ability to help us write.

“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in waking life, aside from lucid dreaming, actually enrich and empower our creative capacity? According to Stephen King, yes: In On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft (public library), which also gave us his case against adverbs, the celebrated novelist explores the similarity between writing and dreaming. He considers the role of a daily routine — something many famous creators use to center themselves — in inducing a state of self-mesmerism that produces the paradoxical alchemy of disciplining our minds into unleashing their unrestrained creative potential, something King calls “creative sleep”:

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/14/stephen-king-on-writing-and-creative-sleep/

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