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Midnight magic

Does your mind write at night?

When I’ve been at my most creative, especially after writing in the evening, my dreams seem the most vivid. My mind goes on all sorts of adventures and, even though I don’t write fantasy fiction, my mind regularly travels to mystical lands full of magical creatures.

Usually, I wake, shocked to find myself in the normal world. The colourful experience that seemed so real turns to darkness in an instant like a power cut that switches off the telly mid show. I’ll lie there stunned for a moment, letting my heartbeat return to normal. 

In those midnight moments, ideas float in, lighting up the darkness with sparkles of magic. I am half asleep but my imagination is alive. A garden blooming with ideas.

Too many times, I’ve talked myself into believing that those glorious sparkles will be waiting for me in the morning, perfectly preserved, only for the alarm to go off, the room light once more but devoid of magic, the ideas gone.

I’ve learned to keep a notebook on my nightstand ready to capture the mysterious workings of my imagination. My handwriting is rarely legible, scrawled in fountain pen at all angles but the ink captures just what’s needed to help me remember what I need to.

For this reason, I love creative journalling first thing in the morning. It allows me to unwrap the gifts I’ve left for myself in the night. On the good days, as my pen flows, I find these little gifts of magic become full on magic shows, my imagination unveiling trick after trick.

Treasure the ideas that come to you in the darkness. Keep a notebook by your side. Let it become your dream book, capturing the magic of midnight.

About Loretta Milan

Founder and Commissioning Editor of Lightbox Originals. On a mission to get the world writing and finding wellbeing through words. Loves books, tea, travel and art.


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