I often come up with my best ideas and the solutions to minor-but-sticky problems just as I'm drifting off to sleep. The trick is dredging them up again in the morning.
Last night, my half-conscious brain popped out the following half-brilliant notions:
- You do not have to write a 320-page first draft of a novel. Start out with a novella-sized draft and expand it. If Chuck Palahniuk can pass off longish short stories as actual novels, then there's sure as hell nothing wrong with a thin first draft. In fact, expanding a thin first draft is probably easier than weeding out a monstrous diarrhea-of-the-word-processor draft.
- I want to open up a new YouTube channel solely for my Sims "films", but couldn't figure out how to swing this, since I already have all my email accounts attached to YouTube accounts. Duh. There are a like a million obscure email services out there, just use one of those.
- Sometimes, half an hour at the gym is perfectly OK. Just go.
- Always, always, always take your camera everywhere. You just never know what beauties, horrors, and curiosities you might find.