When do you really get time to think? If you’re anything like me, being at home means being surrounded by numerous ‘things to do’, many of which get overlooked in favour of a sit down and a cup of tea. Thinking is plain dangerous, as it is likely to remind me of all the items on the list. As you might already know , I’ve been trying to overcome this by tackling several tasks on a daily basis. But I still find it hard to do any strategic thinking at home.
I’ve doing some planning lately, and have found it has worked better to tackle it during my lunch hour than it does to work on it at home. But this is not really very much time for serious thinking.
So I was surprised to find myself with clear time to think this week – on a long car journey to my Dad’s. I had written a story for the Friday Fictioneers before I left, based on a continuation to a previous story. And I found by the time my journey ended I had expanded the plot to what I feel is a good structure for a novel. I captured the ideas on paper as soon as possible in the form of a mind map, and felt quite delighted.
The question now is, do I need to carve out more thinking time – or is it more about place than time? I remember doing all the planning for my first book sitting in our conservatory with a view over Lyme Bay – but we’ve moved from that house now. I wondered what other people find – where and when do you do your best thinking?