This is a problem I think many creative people share, but I find it hard to shut my mind off. To the point where I have to meditate to sleep at all many nights.
As a result, I’ve found that one of my most productive times of day is actually the middle of the night. This is why I have effectively shifted my waking hours from noon to four AM.
One of the results of this inability to turn off my mind is that I am constantly coming up with projects, which is part of why my list of works in progress grows faster than I can finish anything. For example, I have been working through Star Trek: TOS for personal and interpersonal reasons. I was having a very hard time connecting with the characters, almost an impossible time enjoying the show, despite the fact that I’d thoroughly enjoyed later Star Trek series.
Once I began to emotionally bond with the character of Spock, I was able to identify my issues with the series, and once I dreamed up ways to fix them, I suddenly found myself plotting out a fan fiction, making a massive family tree and spanning the story across three series and over a hundred years of canon.
Now I’ve written two chapters, outlined a third, and have begun the outline for the fourth. This is what happens when I watch television and have pens and paper in my room, I suppose.
I can’t be the only one staying up to all hours of the night plotting stories and cataloguing names. What do y’all do when you’re up late at night, unable to turn off your minds?