Insomnia and Ideas

Who needs sleep? Seriously, who? Apparently not me!

Isla sleeping

My puppy can sleep… Why can’t I?


I is for insomnia! Oh joy. Day 9 of the A to Z Challenge! (Click here for a list of all the topics!)

Well, this topic may not seem as positive as the others, but insomnia has had a great impact on my life. I’ve always had trouble sleeping. As a teenager, I would be awake until three AM most nights and wake up at seven AM to get ready for school. Not enough sleep. Especially for a growing teenager! Since then, I have had insomnia in waves. I’ll go through spurts of sleeping fine, but then I will have whole months where my sleep pattern is completely messed up and I am basically permanently tired. During those messed up and sleep deprived times, you wouldn’t think that there would be a silver lining, but there is!

Light bulb

Ideas. Staying up all hours of the night leaves a lot of time for nothing but thinking. I try not to turn on the TV or computer or even my phone when I am struggling to sleep. I figure it might make things worse and I should just tough it out by lying in bed with my eyes closed. So I think and think and think. And I tell myself stories. Lots of them. And some of those stories are actually good ideas. In which case, I write them down!

Tower 38, a science fiction short story that I am working on, is one of those stories. So is Tree of Eternity, a fantasy novel I have slowly been writing. That story came to me over a week of sleeplessness. Little bits of it here and there until I pieced it together and started writing it down. Many other stories have been the product of insomnia, some of which I have written down to then abandon, some of which I hope to get back to one day, and some of which I was silly enough to not write down and now they are floating in the wind never to be remembered… *kicks self*.

So many of my story idea’s have come from sleepless nights, and because of that, I am happy to suffer from insomnia. Wait, did I really just say that? I think the lack of sleep has made me crazy!

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.


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  • Amaskan’s Blood came to me in a dream–at least part of it. I sometimes dream entire novels in great detail, then wake up and madly scribble down plot lines and dialogue. I think that’s definitely one of the reasons I get insomnia–my brain can’t shut up and wants to write, write, write. 😉

  • I tend to having great ideas just before drifting into my dreams. That’s why i have pen and paper ready next to my bed. Sometimes though, in the morning i can’t decipher what i wrote during the night…

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