Monday, June 7, 2010

Mommy Monday- Sleeping In

So, obviously, I've got a young child at home who often finds ways to hinder my writing time. He also finds ways to inspire me.

I was sitting there last night, watching him sleep, holding my notebook and pen. I don't know why, but when I'm having a problem getting the words out -- or my plot has backed me into a corner -- all that helps is a notebook and pen.

There I was, staring at his peaceful face, when it came to me. The perfect beginning for my next project. I wrote several pages, getting all the starting details out of this story that continues to whisper to me. Try as I might to put off writing so I can finish my revisions, I just can't seem to do it.

Do any of you have that issue? When you try and focus on one story, you get bombarded by new ideas? I've come up with three novel ideas since I told myself I wouldn't write more until I finished my revisions. lol One of them is already over 30k words.

The point, Holly! Get to the point!

Okay, I went way off topic there. Sorry, this is how my brain works...and it does this while I'm writing especially. One idea leads to another to another to another. Before I know it I'm 60 miles from where I started, in a whole different book!

My question today is this: Where do you think best? Where do your best ideas come from?

Mine come quietly, once Super Spawn is asleep and my eyelids threaten to close.


Pam Harris said...

My initial ideas come from my dreams. Yep, I'm one of those annoying people. But I can't really write these ideas down unless I'm at work--the one place where I don't really have time to write. It's strange, but I have a home office that I never use really. I'm never inspired at home--I always have to steal a few minutes at work.

Janet Johnson said...

Outside. My best ideas always come when I'm outside. With nothing to write with. :)

Holly Dodson said...

Pam - I envy you. I wish I could remember my dreams. Unfortunately only the terrifying ones stick with me.

Janet - Cell phone voice recorder. It's a handy dandy tool I use regularly since my cell is always with me. I don't know if all phones have them...but it's a qualification on my "cell must have" list.

Sarah Enni said...

We are so on the same page today! I definitely think better in the morning, because I (like Pam!) get my most detailed ideas from dreams.

But I also get a lot of ideas when I am walking around. I've had to put my iPod away lots of times, and focus on just letting my mind wander without mood-altering music.

my ode to morning inspiration:

Creepy Query Girl said...

I do some of my best thinking: In the car- while someone else is driving. OR while cleaning up my kid's room before bed.