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I am a thinker.
Sometimes I even use both halves of my brain, but probably not much more than the national average of 10% of the whole brain. I’m no genius.
I think best (no not on the toilet, but good guess) when I am driving. YIKES—public service announcement to all of my fellow motorists out there: I space out when I drive. Stay off the ROAD!!!
I am never in the car, well the half of my brain I’m not using for motor functions and special reasoning isn’t anyway. Good thing we have two halves, right?
So my creative side, right or left I can never remember which, is usually standing at the end of some desolate dock overlooking the Puget Sound in the middle of the night watching two characters (vampires, werewolves, fallen angels—I’m not bias) doing some dastardly deed or throwing nasty one line zingers back and forth.
Eventually, if I’m driving for long enough, I slip into one of the characters or all of them just to get a feel for my surroundings. By the end of my drive I can describe every sight, sound, taste and feeling that happened on that dock with those characters in that moment.
Kinda weird to think while driving, right?
Let’s think about this.
In our homes and offices, there is too much of us. Too much of our lives to interfere with building a scene for characters that, yes have some of us in them, but for the most part are fictional. (NOTE: you can’t write a believable character without having lived at least a little of their lives—whether it is on paper through planning them out or personal experiences—IMHO, of course.)
On the road, where a car existed a second before there remains no trace of them once they’ve gone. There is no established life to work through, or around when you drive. It’s just a path that leads to everywhere and nowhere. Hopefully it leads to something, but if it doesn’t we are writers, we are creative, we can give it an end.
So I drive.
And I think.
Where do you think best? At a desk? On a toilet? (gross by the way) Driving? Tanning? You tell me.