Two days ago all of the loose ends and thoughts I have regarding a shelved novel idea came together in one brilliant moment. Unfortunately, everything came together at the worst possible time. I'm neck deep in a summer research project and dissertation prospectus. My solution has been to sacrifice four hours of sleep a night and get everything down on paper: Outline, character bios, the beginnings of a new rough draft, etc. I'm holding up so far but can't keep this pace up beyond the weekend. Has this every happened to anybody else? How have you dealt with it?