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The 3:15 Experiment 2007

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Introduction


The 2007 3:15 Experiment was a first for me.  I'm a nightowl so I expected this to be easy. 3:15 a.m. is when I'm thinking that I need to go to sleep—whether I want to or not.  Most nights, I was nodding off in my chair while waiting for 3:15 to write.  I'd set a kitchen timer for 3:15 and put it on the table beside me.  I almost always had my laptop sitting on my lap, or at least within arm's reach, so I typed my entries, day by day, on one MSWord document.  Some nights I was groggy, other nights I was awake, but almost every night the writing started the thinking, which required more writing,and the stimulation interupted my sleep cycle.

Writing in poem form began about half-way into the month.  The most remarkable effect the project had was to require me to write every day, and somehow that kept me thinking about writing and I wrote more and more often than before the project.  I was pleased with this surprising change in me and had assumed that I would continue when the experiment ended.  I did not.  Sadly, I fell back into my old habits and writing fell to the bottom of my to-do list. I'll polish some of the poems and use some of my narrative to create new poems.

Thanks for the opportunity to stretch a bit.  I'm glad I did.
Night.
Cathryn

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