If it worked for Keith Richards, it can work for you!

I invented this years ago, and then found out that Keith Richards (guitarist for the Rolling Stones rock and roll band) had come up with it 40 years earlier. It's a super easy way to be creative.

 I use the Keith Richards Writing Method when I want to solve a writing problem.

 I get my trusty recorder. I play music, not too loud. I lie down, covered with a blanket, like I'm going to take a nap. It helps to be sleepy!

 I lie there, inspired by the music, talking into the recorder and floating down toward sleep. As you get close to sleep, you enter "the Floaty Zone," and you get stupendously creative. You have to drag yourself back up from actual sleep to keep answering your story question. Talk and talk and talk and talk as you get sleepier and sleepier. Finally, of course, you're going to fall asleep. When you wake up you'll have amazing ideas on your recorder. It's like magic.

 Once Upon A Time, around 1965, Keith Richards was on his couch, noodling around on his guitar. He had a tape recorder running. Slowly, he got sleepy. He kept playing. He got sleepier and kept playing. Finally, he fell asleep. When he woke up, he rewound the tape and there was the music for the Stones' hit record: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Wow!

The Keith Richards Writing Method