I love them. I have a great job and I know how lucky I am to have my boss, ’cause as far as I know, he’s the best one out there. Definitely so where I work.
But weekends! Ahhh.
The alarm doesn’t go off, so I can wake up naturally from some wonderful dream and just lie there comfortable and warm and let my mind drift.
That’s when I’m my most creative. If I’m having trouble with a scene or idea, that’s when it crystallizes in my mind. And those are usually the best scenes in my story. I’m free to explore and visualize and listen to how the dialog sounds. It’s no wonder when I do finally rise from the bed, I’m racing to my computer to get it all down.
Yes, I do have a pad by the bed, but that’s for those nights when I know I have to jump up in the morning and run around to do everything I have to do to get out of the house on time. I jot notes down (usually in the dark) and hope that they’ll mean something in the morning. On weekends, it’s not necessary. I can just let the ideas solidify in my mind’s eye like a movie I can watch and rerun any ideas to work out the kinks (not that my stuff is kinky of course!)
Sometimes I feel like I slip a cassette (okay DVD) in and play the story for myself. It’s a great editing tool. When the scene doesn’t work, I can see what’s wrong and work on it. New ideas are easier to shake out.
I know there’s still housework to do, laundry, and so on. It’ll get done, eventually, but having that creative leisure is the best. When is that retirement coming?
How about you? When do you feel you’re most creative?
Holding the place for Wraith’s Heart