Thursday, November 15, 2012

When the Muse Strikes

Agatha Christie said, "The best time to plan a book is when you're doing the dishes."

Because ideas always seem to strike when you're least expecting them.

I'm prone to daydreaming while doing repetitive daily tasks, so most of my ideas seem to strike when I'm doing housework (which makes a really convenient excuse to stop doing house work), while driving (don't worry, I don't write and drive), and in the shower (I swear, I'm going to hang a small dry-erase board in there).

I've gotten to where I have multiple writing surfaces scattered around the house. Dry erase posters and a magnetic white board (filled with magnetic poetry) scattered along my office walls. A dry erase poster on the front door, a note pad next to it, and various new or half filled notebooks in the living room, dining room, and bedroom. (If I ever own a house, I may invest in that dry-erase paint. For my office walls, at the very least.)

Where do you get most of your ideas? How do you deal with the random Muse Strikes? (Notebooks, iPads, going retro with voice records?)


L. M. Leffew said...

Love the idea of a dry erase board in the shower! I often will take a bath to meditate and stir the ideas for my stories. Water is wonderful for creative inspiration! I haven't ever heard of paint that you can use as a Dry Erase Board, Love it!

L. M. Leffew said...

Seems like a great idea, right? I'm pretty sure I could get it to work.... And the paint looks awesome. Years ago, I remember reading that Anne Rice wrote notes on her office wall...I've always wanted to be able to do that (unfortunately it would void our security deposit....) :)

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