I was up at 3 am, kept awake by a new story idea. This happens a lot. If I wake in the night it’s a coin toss if I will get back to sleep or not. My brain is often rested enough to start creating or problem-solving.
Ideas aren’t often developed enough for me to write an hour’s worth of notes, but they were last night.
It’s a fine balance: do I wake enough to make a note, hoping that I sleep after, or try and ignore the idea as it has a workout in your brain?
In daylight, it’s easier. I’m better at catching ideas (rule 12: always carry a notebook). Yet I wonder what my efficiency is. If I accept that only a proportion of ideas will be any good, it makes sense to catch as many as possible, right?