How often do you find a quiet spot and let your imagination play?
Part of the writer’s life is exploring ideas. For a long time, I neglected carving out an hour to sit with a notebook and just explore. But I overhauled my approach to my workweek and now have dedicated time every week to do this.
I usually don’t stay at home for this creative session. I like to go to a local park or, if the weather’s bad, I’ll head to a coffee shop. I bring my idea notebook and a black Pilot G-2 pen. Sometimes I have an agenda–a plot that isn’t cooperating, a short story starter, a future workshop brewing in my head–but other times I just sit and let my mind wander.
I’m finding that an hour with a blank notebook:
- is relaxing.
- untangles the stories jumbling up in my head.
- provides clarity about my current work-in-progress.
- reminds me of being a kid.
- helps me prioritize.
- makes me laugh when a weird idea jumps on the page.
- goes by quickly.
- but also goes by so slow–a good slow.
- makes me feel like I’m taking care of myself.
- is necessary. Absolutely necessary.
When I think of all the weeks I let slip by without intentionally tending to my ideas, I get sad. I mean, it’s one hour a week. I can find a measly hour.
It’s skipping one television drama.
Cutting back on social media.
Working smarter to fit my writing in for the day.
Since I made this mandatory–I even gave it a firm day and time–I can’t believe how much simpler other parts of my life have become. Suddenly I have a blog plan for the rest of the year, two short stories ready to be plotted, a deeper conflict for an upcoming book, and a lot of random thoughts that might go nowhere! Who cares? Imaginations are there for a reason. Ideas breed more ideas. What’s not to love about that?
Do you set aside time to just sit and think and let your imagination skip around? If yes, what works for you? If no, why not try it?
A HUGE thank you to everyone who purchased my current release (still in stores!), Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets! It hit #18 on the Publisher’s Weekly mass market paperback bestseller list on October 1! What a dream come true–thank you!!