Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Every writer's office needs a comfy sofa, don't you think? Sometimes you just have to lie back and read or close your eyes and think or maybe . . .nap.
I'm a big believer in the nap as precursor-to-great-ideas. The first page of Walk Two Moons surfaced from a nap; most other books of mine have leaped into life following a nap or a good night's sleep.
Sometimes the mind is most creative when you leave it alone.
As productive as naps, ordinary rhythmic pursuits like walking, running, kayaking, skiing, cycling, ironing, and knitting also free the mind of clutter, allowing new insights and new connections to reveal themselves.
You do need to sit down and write in order to get a story down, and many ideas come while you are writing, but much also surfaces when you're not writing.
Take a walk. Take a nap. Leave the mind alone for a while.