I'm sure you're wondering what the heck dishes has to do with writing. Let me tell you how I found out how it does relate.
My dishwasher decided to spring a link and so until hubby checks it out I'm washing by hand. In my household this means--in the words of Jimmy Buffett--It's a permanent solution to a temporary situation.
While I have a pile of dishes to wash, I brainstorm. Now this has been going on for most the summer--yes I did say permanent solution--and yet it took we a while to realize that every time I'm there, my brain is working. Whether it's figuring where to edit next. What scene I need work on. Or what scene I'm going to write, my brain is processing.
The other night my husband got up from dinner grabbed a dish towel and helped me. I resented the intrusion. I told him "Oh go watch your sports, I can handle the these." But he was in a helping mood. So we chatted, because you can never tell a husband to get lost when he wants to help. Because if you do, when you really need his help you're not going to get it. However it really surprised me how much I had to force my jaw to relax and let myself enjoy a little quality time with Ron, when what I really wanted was to think.
I find myself looking forward to my time with the dishes. I used to think the shower was the best for brainstorming and ideas. But by the time I dress, feed whatever kids I have at the house, or hubby, do a few housecleaning chores, I've lost whatever thought I had. With the dishes, as soon as I'm done, most the time I can race to the computer.
My problem is getting it down on paper the way it is in my head!
So what is your favorite place to brainstorm?