Some of my best (and strangest) ideas occur in that moment right before I go to sleep... just as my head hits the pillow and I'm usually having a conversation with myself over something I did (or didn't) do during the day. Often, I'll lie there for a minute or two and suddenly I'll have a lightbulb moment on how to deal with whatever it is. When this happens, I have two choices:
1. Get up and do whatever my brain is telling me to do (thus delaying sleep - never a good idea with me); or
2. Grab the notebook beside my bed, write it down in as much detail as I can muster at that late hour, then turn off the light and go to sleep.
Yes. I've learned to keep a notebook and pen beside my bed. It took me a few years of using the most unlikely of writing instruments (eyeliner, lip pencil) on the most unlikely of notebook substitutes (kleenex, sales receipts); but thankfully, Typo and their 3 x A5 notebooks for $10 sales have meant I'm much more organised when it comes to late-night-lightbulb-moments.
Usually, it's so late and I'm so tired, that I end up scrawling some nonsense that is indecipherable the next day. I have notebooks full of scribbles that even I can't make any sense of. I'm sure there are some brilliant ideas just waiting to be uncovered - sadly I think they'll never see the light of day. However, last night I actually managed to write down a page of extremely coherent notes about a topic that has been rolling around my mind for days.
Wonders will never cease.
Now please excuse me while I go and transpose these notes into my next blog post. This one will actually require a bit of research, so it may take a day or two.
Until then, might I recommend watching the latest series of Arrested Development? It's amusing me no end.