All right, get your mind out of the gutter! I am NOT talking about the bedroom!
What I am talking about is that one particular spot where suddenly and magically, the ideas begin to flow! The place you go when writer’s block has gotten the better of you or you muse has completely abandoned you.
This post is inspired by a presentation at my local chapter meeting a few months ago. The presenters, Isabo Kelly and Leanna Renee Hieber informed us that they may be the cleanest authors around because their best ideas tend to come to them while they’re washing their hair! Others say their ideas come while they’re doing dishes or cleaning house – that’s definitely not a magical spot for me!
This topic got me thinking, but for the life of me, I couldn’t pinpoint a specific location. Until one day while I was sitting in the chiropractor’s office, waiting for my appointment. One page into the book I was reading, my mind started to wander. And it wandered to a magical place that told me exactly what the backstory for my next heroine needed to be. I whipped out my iPhone and flipped to the notes, only to discover that the last time I was in a doctor’s waiting room – a mere 11 days prior for an eye appointment – I had written notes for the major plot twist I’d thought of for the WIP I was working on at the time. So, in the end, it looks like being a hypochondriac has paid off
I've also realized that workouts are a good time to let the muse take over. I really hate spinning with all my heart, but my husband loves it, so on occasion I compromise and join him for a class. What I find is that the only way to get through the grueling hour is to let my mind wander to my books and characters. I've had quite a few good ideas come to me in my misery!
What about you? Do you have a place you go to help you break through the barrier of writer’s block? What do you do when your muse has taken a vacation?
-Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar