Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Need ideas: Hop in the shower

A couple weeks ago, a scheduling glitch made me redirect my writing time.

Last month, I evaluated my writing goals and schedule. I decided I need to write — not check emails, not Tweet, not post to Facebook, not read or comment on blogs, etc. — just write during nap time. This practice could give me 30 minutes to three hours of daytime writing.

It works when I follow my plan. Put baby to bed. Crank up the computer. Write.

It doesn't work when I socialize through Facebook, Twitter or check my email — that's a black hole that needs cleaning right now.

It also doesn't work when I get a call that I'm needed to volunteer. I'm stubborn sometimes, well lots of the time. My response: "No, I'm not on the schedule until June 23." Then, it struck me that I should quit protesting and just make it happen — do the work.

Instead of clinging to my friend Mr. No, I said Yes and promised to be there shortly. A few issues delayed my response: the baby was asleep and I sat in my PJs at 11 a.m. and needed a shower before gracing the doors of the church.

A funny thing happened while I got ready. Ideas. They popped into my head faster than I could write them down. In the shower, I tweaked a few for an essay-in-progress on my desktop.

I read a post last week on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy that mentioned showers. Author Myra McEntire shared10 tips/ideas for brainstorming. I could relate to her statement that "the shower is generally the only place I'm alone."

McEntire had a great idea: buy some shower crayons to capture those ideas. On that day, I repeated my ideas until I could find a notebook and pen.

My unexpected morning turned out fine. As soon as I wrote down my notes and got dressed, my son woke up on his own and off we went to volunteer.

Where do you go for your writing ideas?

6 comments:

  1. Shower. Gym. Patio. Supermarket. Beach. Anywhere and everywhere!

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  2. Yes. Amy. Anywhere and everywhere.

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  4. For me, running is when I get lots of my ideas and where I can often get a breakthrough when I'm stuck.

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  5. I need to begin running again. I've been in Colorado for almost a year now, so I think I'm adjusted. I loved my alone time running.

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