Thursday, March 10, 2011
It pays to do the dishes...
It pays to do the dishes, or take a walk, or doodle, or watch eagles nesting, etc. (Have you seen this webcam of two eagles and their three eggs? Decorah Iowa Eagle cam )
I've been trying to come up with a more cohesive arc for the biography I've been working on (it seems) forever. While I had a few ideas that would possibly work, I wasn't really satisfied with any of them. Then this morning while I was washing the dishes, the solution came to me (at least I HOPE this is the solution).
Why would I find the answer when doing something totally unrelated to writing? The answer is pretty simple: I allowed my brain to relax and my thoughts to wander. Some writers, when they get stuck on a particular manuscript will switch to another manuscript for a while. It has the same effect.
My next piece of advice is to always have paper handy so you can jot down your "bright ideas" as they hit you. I keep my iTouch on my nightstand because I frequently get ideas right before I go to sleep (once again, it's when I'm letting my brain relax).
So, if you are stuck on a manuscript, or problem in your life.... go do the dishes!
Verse for the day from Biblegateway:
1 Peter 3:15-17 "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil."