Sleep Writing, the creativity technique that will let you sleep
06 / 25 / 2019
We have already mentioned several creativity techniques in this journal that have been conceived to help you solve a problem or to overcome a creative block.
The one we present today is fairly special because it is carried out… while sleeping. But, regardless of how easy and appealing this technique may appear, you need to prepare yourself for it to work.
When you wake up –in the middle of the night or the next morning– you need to rapidly note down any idea that comes to your mind or that you have dreamt. Once you are fully awake and have had your first coffee, it is time to recover those notes and see where they lead you and if you can come up with any solution to the problem. We don’t always remember what we have dreamt, that’s true, but don’t give up hope. Try again. As with any other technique, this one needs to be practiced.
This is an old method used by different artists and creative professionals in their creation processes. One of the most famous examples is Salvador Dalí who, during the day, sat down on a comfortable armchair while holding a small spoon or any other metallic object in his hand, so that as soon as he fell asleep, he would let the object drop. The noise made by the small spoon would awake him and that is how he could take notes of the content of the subconscious before falling into a deeper sleep.
It won’t be necessary to reach the surrealistic limits of Dalí, but a little bit of subconscious won’t do us any harm when trying to overcome a creative block.