Saturday, March 20, 2010

Inspiration arrives at 45 MPH

Right now I'm revising a novel, and i'm finding the need to think up whole new pieces of the plot. Sitting in front of my laptop is, sadly, not the best way for my imagination to fly.

I've probably experienced the most eureka moments driving in the car. Don't ask why good fiction ideas are incited by watching gas stations and Ruby Tuesdays whip past me. It just happens.

The second place I've had miraculous brainstorms is in a dark room. On the occasions I've put my daughter to bed and had to wait for her to fall asleep before leaving, many odd, new thoughts have popped into my head.

So just wondering. Do you have a particular place where your best fictional brainstorms occur, unasked for?

13 comments:

Deb Salisbury said...

I often get ideas when I'm walking-for-exercise back and forth inside my house. Very boring, so my brain wanders.

Or in the shower. Sigh. I need water-proof paper to make notes on!

Sandy Shin said...

I tend to get ideas just as I am about to fall asleep. Half of my novel's twists and turns come from those minutes before falling unconscious.

What worse, I think, is getting ideas the night before I have an exam or a big paper due. That always always happens.

DaniSue said...

I'm like Sandy, I get the most ideas when I'm about to fall asleep. Sometimes I have to get up and write them down. But other times I'm dumb and end up falling asleep, and the next day I'm like "What was that really good idea I had?" Usually I can remember parts of it, but it's never as good as the original thought.

Jana Hutcheson said...

Like you, I often get my best ideas while driving down the road. And like Deb, I also like to think on my story while I'm walking for exercise or in the shower. Deb, if you find any of that water-proof paper, let me know! Oh, and sometimes I like to think about my story while I'm folding clothes.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I usually get my ideas before I fall asleep or they wake me up in the middle of the night. I'm yet to have an idea in the shower but I like the idea of waterproof paper:)

David F. Weisman said...

Believe it or not, at work when things are uncomfortable, and I need to escape into another world, and feel I am good at something, that's when I find solutions to impossible writing problems.

Lydia Kang said...

So cool, everybody. I forgot that I've gotten great ideas falling asleep too! That dream/awake twilight can produce a good idea soup.

Lisa and Laura said...

We just had a great idea on our plane ride to NYC. Maybe it was all the white noise?

Lydia Kang said...

White noise definitely helps!

lbdiamond said...

Either the middle of the night or just before a session with a patient. Neither time is convenient, LOL!

Luckily, I'm able to focus on both sleep or my patient. Phew!

Great post, Lydia. By the way, I've nominated you for a blog award--I will be posting about it on Wednesday this week! ;)

Ee Leen Lee said...

in the childrens' section of any bookshop

Kirk said...

I've had the about to sleep ideas and the wake-me-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night ideas. Otherwise I get them when I am on a long bicycle ride or doing my weekly long runs. It's amazing what crosses your mind when you have to run for two or more hours...

Lydia Kang said...

Hmm. I'd do the running thing except it would kill me, and I can only be a useful writer if I'm alive. So jealous of you runners!

Thanks Laura for the nom!