How do you get ideas for writing? I don't really know the answer. My head just is full of weird things that pop out at the strangest times. They're most likely twists and thoughts on things that have happened or things that I have read or heard.
I know that if I'm tired or stressed my mind doesn't create... the ideas stop popping up and writing becomes a chore, worse than a chore. So to keep writing, I need to be in a happy place in my mind. That doesn't mean I'm ecstatic or anything. Just that I'm not excessively tired or stressed.
All last week I was tired (no writing) and yesterday I went to see New Moon and then came home and napped for a couple of hours. That nap took me back to being normally tired and not excessively tired. So last night, while waiting for sleep to claim me, my mind was full of story ideas. The next short story for the Mainstream Erotic contest is in note form ready to go. A couple edits for old stories are also scribbled down.
And how do I sleep when my mind gets creative? It's taken me a while to work that one out!! I have a notepad and pen beside my bed and I write it all down in the dark as it comes spewing from my head. To say it's raw is quite an understatement. And my writing has become legible, only with practise! Once the scribble has happened, my mind quietens and I sleep. If I don't scribble, it doesn't go quiet.
Am I completely weird? Yes. But if you move in writing circles, then no, not completely weird. And you wonder why I like being with writers!!!