Good morning, Singapore!

ImageIt’s 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday.  Why am I up at dawn?  I’m squeezing in a morning run before 90 degree heat coupled with 90% humidity strikes here on the equatorial tropical island concrete jungle of Singapore. I get some of my best inspirations for thickening plot, fleshing out characters, and enhancing settings while I’m running and NOT thinking about my novel.  Not kidding, I often stop several times to write my random thoughts in my notepad app.  What do you do to get your creative juices running?

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15 comments

  1. ahamin · April 25, 2014

    Running is a good way to stimulate the subconscious… best ideas originate from there since our consciousness is too busy with our reality.
    I’d recommend music and meditation too. Hobbies would help too, anything that stimulated the subconscious, really. 🙂

    Happy writing.

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    • sjoycarlson · April 25, 2014

      That’s exactly what I thought! Great advice, thanks!

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  2. morganschatzblackrose · April 26, 2014

    Water: baths, showers, even washing up, opens me to seeing images and ideas. I let them stay with me as companions, sometimes introducing them to others with, ‘I was in the shower this morning and I had this thought…’ but more often I just let them be, and see if they connect to other seemingly disparate events. Learning to trust that everything comes in its own time is useful for me, and when it does, being prepared to act on it i.e. write, as soon as humanly possible.

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    • sjoycarlson · April 26, 2014

      So true for me as well. I always scramble to write them down for fear of losing them. If one pops in my head while doing dishes, I keep repeating it haha.

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  3. sebxiii · April 26, 2014

    For me it’s simply living. With the hectic schedule of children and study I find my self daydreaming. Whether on the bus , or cycling to or from class, or bathing the little man.
    We write life , and the bigger parts of our writing has little to do with the plot, and more to do with the normality that must be maintained to give our charioteers life.

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    • sjoycarlson · April 26, 2014

      Yes, our brains can do amazing things during those peaceful moments. We can find unexpected inspiration all around us.

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  4. erinkenobi2893 · April 29, 2014

    Play guitar. And go for long walks/bicycle rides. Exercise helps.

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    • sjoycarlson · April 29, 2014

      Maybe the release of endorphins stimulates creativity 😛

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      • erinkenobi2893 · April 29, 2014

        It’s very likely. 😛 Like iced tea on a summer afternoon ish? (I like iced tea… without sugar. ;-P)

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      • sjoycarlson · April 29, 2014

        and beer haha. but only in moderation 😛

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      • erinkenobi2893 · April 30, 2014

        I’m underage! *she says in mock outrage*
        Also, fermented orange juice is disgusting.

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      • sjoycarlson · April 30, 2014

        haha no beer for you then!

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      • erinkenobi2893 · April 30, 2014

        Nope. 😛
        I’m trying to find a picture of either Obi-Wan or Ahsoka looking really disgusted to caption “EWWW! Anakin, how can you EAT that?!” 😛

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      • sjoycarlson · April 30, 2014

        Haaaaaahahaaaa

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      • erinkenobi2893 · April 30, 2014

        Yeah… 😛

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