Friday, September 3
A little downtime for my brain
Then I turn into a writer, and zoom, off my brain goes in another direction. Or three directions depending on which ms I'm working with. After he levitates and saves the cat, does he still go play dodgeball? He kisses her first, so it should be in his POV. Where the heck did that plot hole come from? Ok, if he takes her for a ride on his motorbike, and it starts to rain and they end up in an inn and.....
My brain seems to constantly be in motion.
But too much motion can stump the writing process. So what to do?
Invent a little down time for the ol' brain. Driving in the car. Setting the book I'm reading at night aside for a few minutes before I fall asleep. Working out. I find at quiet times like those, when my brain isn't constantly jumping from one thing to the next, is my best thinking time. Sometimes it's nothing more important than just thinking about what to wear on Saturday night. Sometimes the next entire chapter in my ms will suddenly make an appearance and all the little details will work themselves out. Sometimes I'll suddenly have a flashback - augh! i forgot to get the ketchup for C2!!!
Whatever appears when my brain is more restful always amazes me. Things that have been shoved to the back for the day, for the week suddenly appear and with it, occasionally a germ of a story idea.
Even when my brain is switched off into non-thinking mode (brain play time)....it still finds a way to get a few snippets in there. =)
When is your best thinking time?