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    Where/When do you do your best thinking?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Callire, Jan 29, 2009.

    I seem to do my best thinking during extended car/bus rides (as a passenger), or right before I go to bed. When/where do you think best?
     
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    Working out at the gym.
     
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    the shower!!
     
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    I'm often most productive in the early morning or late night. (I've been known to wake up at 3AM to write, as well as stay up that late.) I can come up with ideas pretty much anywhere, but I can only effectively write in my room --or at least where I can be 100% certain that no one is looking over my shoulder. :p
     
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    Either bus or right before I go to sleep.
     
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    When I was in high school, I sometimes daydreamed to think of new ideas for my book, but when I was not in school it was either during the night or right after watching a good movie. That instantly makes writing a lot easier, especially if you were suffering from writer's block before.
     
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    This sounds strange, but some of the best ideas have come to me while sitting on the toilet.
     
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    Early-morning speedwalking through the woods. Nothing like it to blow the night's cobwebs away and bring clarity to the day.
     
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    I have to be sitting down writing to come up with the details, but the nice juicy plot-points always show up when I'm doing something completely unrelated. The two biggies so far have been while showering and while folding towels at work.
     
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    at work... shhhhhh :)
     
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    You think that's bad... I have a total of... I think 45 posts on this forum now. I think all but two have been posted from work. This is a great place to get ideas though, for whatever reason.
     
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    My personal favorites

    best thinking places/times:
    * at church: for some reason, my mind always wanders when I'm in church services; I've come up with some of my best scenes there, none of them having anything to do with religion
    * on the train: so many people and things to take in every day, not to mention there's nothing else to do but sit/stand and think about random what-ifs
    * on the toilet: probably has something to do with the time spent sitting, doing nothing (well, technically it's not fair to say I'm doing nothing, but... you know)
    * during a movie: I usually get a few scene ideas from films, but it all dissolves the moment the credits rolls; it's a pity I don't consciously retain any of it
    * early morning / late night: I don't even try to start writing after 10 or 11PM if I have somewhere to be in the morning because I know I'm gonna be pasted to the keyboard until 3AM; it's a bad problem

    best writing places:
    * in my room: I can't write with people standing over me, near me, or around me; a solitary, enclosed space is the only way to go
    * on the toilet: same as the above; I often bring my laptop in there and type away
     
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    I also tend to have many cool, weird ideas when travelling on a bus or train. I just like to think away and be taken away from the mundane vehicle im in. When im going for a walk i like to think and get many ideas and possibilities that way too, there's something about being out in the elements or in an environment like a storm-hit forest that helps liven the imagination xD
     
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    I can't really think of a time or place when my thoughts/ideas seem to come more easily. I guess it's just random for me. *shrug* I don't leave the house much (terribly shy) or take buses or trains so...

    I get all kinds of inspired when reading about the subjects I like to write about, and when visiting the particular area I write about, but getting inspired is different from actually writing. (And I can't really write when I'm tromping around woodland trails on an island.)

    I find that I start to think about my stories more at night, before I go to bed, which is unfortunate since I can only make time to write in the morning! :redface:
     
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    in bed or anywhere I can daydream easily and with few distractions.
     
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    when writing, even when I hate writing - writing is thinking...


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    There is no pattern for me as to location or time of day, but there is a direct correlation between how much reading I am doing and my creativity. I finished three novels in the past two weeks and my writing has increased, completing two more chapters in one of my current manuscripts.
     
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    Mostly on the bus or when watching a film. Usually whenever I've come up with what I consider to be a good idea by the time I actually get to somewhere where I can put the ideas down the ideas have gone. I very rarely get a good idea when I'm sat at my computer ready to write.
     
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    I couldn't say. I used to say that it was in the local coffee shop, but lately it just seems to come in fits and spurts. I do a lot of good thinking when I drive as well, or when I spend time in the mountains.
     
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    When I'm tired is when they usually come.

    But I agree with Stephen King. They can come at any time. Just be ready for when they do.
     
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    While going for a walk by myself, but mostly while listening to music.
     
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    My Top 5 Best thinking places/times:

    1. Procrastination (Whenever I don't feel like doing homework)

    2. Sudden Inspiration (TV Shows/Movies/Cartoons essentially, anything regarding media)

    3. In the Shower (I somehow manage to stockpile a few ideas concerning characters; while I'm in the shower... -Kind of Weird-)

    4. In a Library (Nice and quite)

    5. Dreams (I don't include any nightmares)
     
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    Usually I'll get inspirations right before bed. It's a very odd habit. But, hey, it works.
    And if I read something fantastic or watch something truly inspiring, I just have this urge to create the best piece of work I possibly can. That's when the ideas start to flow.
     
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    I don't seem to get anything creative done before 11pm...usually at ol' reliable (desk).
     
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    Sunrise jogging
    During yoga workout
    Talking with the spousal unit
     

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