Monday, February 11, 2008

A Writer's Mind Is Always at Work

While talking to hubby yesterday, I had a sudden burst of inspiration in mid-sentence. Since we were chatting right next to my computer, I said, "Do you mind? I just had a burst of inspiration and need to write it down."

He looked at me, perplexed, and said, "Go write it down."

When I was finished, he said, "How do you do that? Get ideas like that?"

Ah...that is the power of a writer's mind. It's always working. When I told him I had no control over it, that inspiration "just happened", he accepted my explanation, but I don't know that he understood it.

When I'm deep in writing a novel, my mind is constantly turning ideas over, especially spots that I'm having trouble with, and when I least expect it, boom! There's the answer.

Where's the strangest place you've been hit with inspiration?


  1. well, it's not strange, but I seem to get ideas in the shower. I'm gonna invent waterproof paper and pen to start writing my ideas down...

  2. I get ideas everywhere. I do a lot of creative work in the shower.

    I get ideas on the train a lot, or in between cues.

    Pretty much anything can set me off, from an image to an overheard line in passing.

  3. Driving. I always get great ideas while I am driving. Can be quite dangerous sometimes.

  4. Ideas come to me just about anywhere. The shower's a good place. Driving is good, but being a passenger is even better, I find.

  5. Hmm, I'm not sure. Like they do for you, they come to me all the time and I scramble to get them down. Have learned the hard way not to count on remembering them later!!

  6. Debra9:57 PM

    Probably the worst place I've ever gotten an inspiration was driving at seventy mph on the interstate. I couldn't write and drive at the same time, and there wasn't any place to pull over, so I just kept repeating the idea over and over so I wouldn't forget it!


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