I do my best thinking (at least as far as my novels are concerned) in the shower — I cannot count the number of times I’ve solved plot problems while shampooing my hair. I do my second best thinking while walking — the three-block trip to the subway is usually long enough.
But lately, I’ve been solving story problems in the twilight zone, just before I fall asleep or just as I’m waking up. Science has a word for this: hypnagogia. I’ve actually always done a lot of plot-solving as I fall asleep, but those solutions have almost always been forgotten, washed away by actual sleep and dreaming. Or, upon waking, I remember the solution but conclude that it’s worthless.
That’s what’s changed. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve figured out fixes that stay in my brain, through sleep, through dreams, through awakening. Also, I’ve figured out different fixes in the morning, before I’m fully awake.
The Post-It notes by my bed are a workout — I don’t trust myself to remember most of my solutions through the mind-scrubbing routines of brushing teeth, washing my face, etc. But so far, so good.
And now I’m off to write Chapter 7 of FROM LEFT FIELD. Because, you know. I figured out that there’s an actual *villain* in this romance!
Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.