Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Where I Get My Ideas

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Readers always ask where we get our ideas. Some of us say we get them from reading newspapers, finding real life stories and crafting them into new stories. Some of us don't have a clue. That was me for a long time. I couldn't answer the question. Then it happened. I knew!

Where do I get my ideas?

In the shower, that's where.
And driving in the car.
And first thing in the morning before I get up.

I thought it was only me, until I attended a romance panel and one of the panelists said the exact same thing. All three same things. Not one place, or two, but all three.

Wow! You mean it isn't only me?

I've been know to run through the house dripping well and, yes, naked, searching for pen and paper to write down my thoughts before I lose them.

You might see me pulled over to the side of the road, scribbling in a notebook. My husband bought me a recorder, but it never seems to be next to me when I need it. Caution: do NOT write while driving.

The bed muse is new. That's because I was a get-up-and-make-breakfast mom for a long time. I didn't have the luxury of a few extra minutes in bed. Now I do, and, oh boy, do the ideas flow.

So give it a try. Slowly wake up, let your mind roam. Take a longer shower, see what happens. And in the car, leave the music off. You might be surprised at what happens.


signlady217 said...

Just be careful to remember whether you have company or not! :)

Maybe incorporate a cute little notepad/pencil set into the bathroom decor, or just stick it in one of the drawers. That may be handier than running through the house without your towel, although your hubby may not agree! :) :)

Barbara said...

My mind is always running in the shower but I don't remember running naked through the house to write anything down. :D Very funny. I also get many ideas, and get over writing problems while riding our mower.

Maggie Sefton said...

Me, too, Deb. In the car. Walking, sitting by he river, and all sorts of activities. But the car is definitely a fertile place. Haven't had anything in the shower, yet.

Deb said...

Mowing lawn. That's a new idea!

Now why didn't I think of simply adding the necessary equipment to the bathroom. Duh.

Maggie, that's my most fertile too!

Alyssa S said...

Wouldn't a shower-friendly dry-erase board be perfect for this? Something that you can sketch down ideas on in the shower but is erasable after moving the ideas to a computer or notebook! Does anyone know if this is a real thing yet? ha. I will give your idea a shot, I love relaxing with longer showers in the morning anyway before actually getting to work and being productive.


Aurian said...

Great post, I get my ideas while lying lazily in my bath tub. Only I am not a writer ;)

Michele L. said...

Oh I get ideas while driving my car, then forget to turn when I am supposed to because I am deep in thought. Usually when I am just sitting, alone, on the couch, or in bed, my mind wanders, and ideas form. I think out of all the places,it is in bed that I have the most ideas hit me.

You are to funny Deb! Yeah, that would be my hubby too! Run around all the time without any clothes, he would be very happy!

judyalter said...

I agree with lingering in bed in the morning--great ideas come, a few of them worthwhile later when you're really awake. As for the shower, Glendon Swarthout swore he got the idea for The Shootist when he was shaving one day, and his wife said after that he shaved several times a day.

Sarita said...

Mowing the lawn is a biggie here. In fact, I sometimes mow just to think.

Clearing snow, too. It works for me!

Rita B said...

I'm the reader, not writer. But it amazes me that you can put all those ideas together and make an entertaining book too read. I just can't imagine how those thots get in your head. But, I guess that's why I'm the reader :^)