Lately I’ve been taking a lot of hot showers. Why? When I’m writing, I sometimes get stuck. A hot showers helps to get me unstuck. I’ll get up from my desk, head over to the bathroom, and get the hot water cranking. There’s something about that soothing warmth running down my body that frees up my thinking. I’ll just stand there and daydream. Sometimes I’ll hum a tune or make up words to a song. I have to do something that takes my mind off of the book I’m writing in order for my brain to kick in. Then before I know it, I’m thinking about my manuscript. I won’t even realize it at first. It’s weird.
This past week I’ve been stuck a lot, hence all the showers. I had a lot of false starts. I’ll come out of the show thinking I’ve got it cracked only to find out I didn’t crack shit. An author I know mentioned that she kept bathtub crayons in her shower to take notes on the wall. I thought that was a much better idea than what I was doing—writing on the soap scum build up on the sliding glass door. It’s not a lot of scum, just enough to write in.
Walking is another way I free up my mind but it’s been too cold lately to walk outside. So five showers a day it is. How do you guys get unstuck?