Hello Le Baron, tungemål and smallwhite,
Thank you very much for your help!
In general I find simplicity better, though perhaps you are aiming for a literary effect? So I imagine myself choosing something more like: 'Minutes later I was fully awake'. If I'd chosen something closer to yours, for poetic effect, then maybe: 'within minutes her voice had drawn me completely out of my slumber...'
Le Baron, I am not aiming for a literary or poetic effect. The expression is affected by my Chinese expression, in other words, it's Chinglish.
I appreciated and took advice from you, DaveAgain, tungemål and smallwhite. I'll write down the mistakes and corrections on my notebook and go over them now and then, so that I won't forget them. I know my English is bad. You don't have to encourage me about this. This doesn't throw a wet blanket on me, but keeps me learning.
Previously when I asked these questions i.e. the idiom, the tense, I don't mean to stubbornly
insist the expressions or tense I used, but I'd like to figure out why it's unnatural or wrong, so I won't make the similar mistakes again in the future and possibly upset you guys as all of you on this thread have spent so much precious time on correcting my writing, but I would just turn a deaf ear to your corrections.Now I have learnt to put 'stubbornly' before the verb. You're very helpful.
I'd like to sleep on the question about the tense, and read your inputs again, so far it's still past my understanding.
Again, heartfelt thanks to all of you including DaveAgain.