Kitty gets a fresh place to crap and you may just find your scene.
Lemme 'splain. Ever have an exchange like this?
RANDOM PERSON: So, you're a writer.
ME: What? Did the scotch and social awkwardness give me away?
(Pause while Random Person tries to figure out if I'm kidding. I am not.)
RANDOM PERSON: Where do you get your ideas?
ME: Uh, in the shower?
The question asked is about content not context, of course, and we all have different sources for the muse inside our crazy crazy brains.
But I'm fascinated at how often ideas hit when I'm working out, drying my hair, or washing dishes.
I problem-solve tactically at the computer, at the foxhole level, stitching up story holes, tweaking dialogue, and whatnot.
But for big inspiration? Ideas for entire new scripts or knotty, large-scale challenges like how to rebuild a weak protagonist? More often than not those hit when I'm nowhere near that tyrant blank page. Say, folding laundry.
There must be something about how the noisy mind shuts down for these rote physical tasks that lets the remaining synapses churn away, burning background cycles. For me at least. And anything like going for a jog that helps mitigate Writer's Ass and gives a creative boost is an angel puppy in my book.
How about you? When or how do you get your ideas?