When I was working in the financial services industry, I would occasionally come across a problem that I would have difficulty solving. I could be blocked for thirty minutes or an hour, but the minute I got up to take a break – WHAM! The solution would hit me. Often, this occurred in the restroom, a place I affectionately dubbed the Think Tank. All it took was a simple change of scenery and the solution would materialize.
Since I quit that corporate job, I’m no longer limited to the confines of an office where my options to change the scenery consisted of the restroom, break room or stairwell. Now, I can change the scenery whenever and however I choose. I can go running, biking or driving so I guess my Think Tank is now more appropriately called Reflection Road.
I was feeling a little unfocused today. The ideas wouldn’t flow. So I headed out for a quick run on Reflection Road and guess what? It worked. It’s amazing how it always works or me. I spent hours surfing the internet, staring at the screen, doing just about anything other than writing today. But once I set out on Reflection Road the creative blood started pumping.
The last song on my i-pod was Just Breathe by Pearl Jam and as I listened to the words, a scene from my current WIP formed in my head. I’m still all sweaty but I had to write the scene before hitting the shower. I know many of you can relate. We have to get the idea down as soon as possible for fear that it will vaporize as quickly as it materialized.
I’m often inspired by music and this one was perfect today. Enjoy 🙂
Stay with me… Let’s just breathe…
Nothing you would take