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My living room recliner was good for brainstorming from reading. For writing personal development topics, left seat of couch next to a very large scenic picture window is place. For long how tos, it was dining room table or a specific McDonalds. I don't know if it was smell of grease or acoustics that lit a fire under my pen.
The library and its smell of old books make me tired and snoozy. Sometimes my mind felt too vibrant and jumpy with all possibilities and paths open to me.
Do you like to stare out window? Me too! I have an awesome view from my wall-to-wall office window. I use to think day dreaming on a topic wasn't productive but have found openness feeling brings in expansiveness to my writings. As long as I'm not sitting at my desk while staring.
What can you do when you need to spark imagination and you have already taken a shower? Do you take another? What about driving? With gas prices jumping skyward who wants to drive just to spark creative bug.
Here are a few ideas on how to solve:
Buy a miniature waterfall to recreate shower feel. Or use a sound devices that imitates a rambling brook or rain. Place it carefully where you want to fuel a particular type of muse. Turn it on, close your eyes, and place yourself in shower. Toss some water on your face before hand if that helps. One of my clients, turns on shower, sits in bathroom for a few minutes to kick process in, and then she moves to a chair.
Instead of driving, sit in car with your left hand on steering wheel, close your eyes, and imagine movement, holding a pen in right hand with paper balanced on your knee or on a board. If you are returning home do this after you have parked. The movement of car will remain.
Some of these may be zany for you, some not. Spark your imagination, try new and different things. Try them at least three or four times and adapt to what feels right for that moment. Your writing productivity and creativity is sure to double.
Catherine Franz is a writing, life and business coach. Her articles have been appeared in thousands of magazines, books and newsletters on nonfiction writing, life and marketing. She writes three monthly newsletters and is a columnist. Visit the Abundance Center for more info: http://www.abundancecenter.com