My best ideas always seem to run into my mind just as my head hits the pillow. There has been many times that I've woke and picked up my mobile to quickly record an idea.
It's not a good experience for my husband who is soundly asleep beside me and suddenly feels the bright light glare of the electronic screen shining in the dark on his face. He usually makes a strange grumbling noise which signals that I need to go back to sleep. My husband has suffered a lot as a result of my writing but I tolerate his obsession for online gaming so it seems a fair compromise.
My dreams have always been very vivid. Sometimes they are so real that I wake in tears or the other end of the spectrum, which isn't sexy when you are doing it alone and looks more like I'm being possessed than... you know. If you don't "you know" what the other end of the spectrum is then you'll need to read 50 Shades of Grey because I'm not sharing. Sometimes my dreams actually make sense and its like watching my own personal Blockbuster movie.
As I wake, I feel all the emotions, characters and locations wash out of me. No matter how good the idea, like water I can't grasp them and pull them back. Then they are lost in the pool of my imagination which is a shame because the small snippets I have are a great source of inspiration for my stories.
I read that when we first wake we can only recall half of our dream, then after 5 minutes its almost completely forgotten. I feel blessed that often get flashes or reminders about my dreams - it feels a bit like Dejavu.
I wish there was an easy way to remember the ideas that I have when I'm meant to be sleeping. Perhaps one day there will be be a way of recording our dreams so we can play them back. For now, I will just have to try to note them down without disrupting my husband or my sleep too much.
Next time I get writers block, I'm going to just sleep it off.