How’s your sleep lately?
Sleep isn’t just about being a functioning human being; it also has a lot to do with writing. That’s because sleep affects executive function: the area of the brain responsible for creative thinking, decision-making, memory and reaction time.
The first factor is crucial for writing, the latter three for editing. Writing coaches often recommend that people get up early to write before their regular day begins. I never recommend this until I can be assured the person is already getting enough sleep.
Here is my 13-step primer on how to catch better ZZZZZs: