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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Why do the best ideas come when the laptop is off?

Went to bed early last night (midnight) because I was passing out. Before I could fall asleep, I had a brainstorm on the idea I've been toying with for my next novel. Suddenly I was wired, with one idea after another coming to me in rapid succession. I didn't grab my journal. I knew these would keep until morning, and they did. Actually, I had to fight the temptation to get up and start working on it, but I knew if I didn't get some sleep I'd be dragging through today. Still, I'm pretty excited. I wish I could work on this now, but I have a short story to finish, revisions on a couple of short stories, and *blush* revisions on Vanishing Act.

Oh, for thirty hour days.

And it's July already! How the hell did that happen?!


rebecca said...


Wow! You are many stories at one time! I find I can't work on two simultaneously because I then lose the thread/momentum of the other. But, yet, when I do focus on one story alone I find I yearn to write something else for just for a bit to break the monotony. Otherwise, my mind begins to shut down (it rebels is what I mean). So, there I go and give a little attention to something different and when I get back to the major WIP, it's a challenge trying to get into that mindset/zone again. Do you find this happens to you and, if so, how do you handle it?

Joe Iriarte said...

Prolific? Oh hell no! What I am is spread so thin in my creative endeavors that I have a whole slew of fronts on which to make only incremental progress!

It's like you said: Whatever I'm working on, I seem to be most inspired to work on something else.

lotusgirl said...

That's when the ideas almost always hit me.