When and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?
Sorry about this being later than usual – we had a power surge that messed up some things and then I had to go out for another band rehearsal!
So where and when do I do my best thinking?
It has to be said, coffee or tea is often involved. Sometimes I cannot function properly without some kind of caffeine intake, something that I should fix sooner or later. I start to panic if I can’t concentrate properly, and I panic even more if I cannot perform or do anything properly either. The best time for me is probably in the evening, perhaps just after dinner, with a coffee and something else, maybe something sweet or maybe something palette cleansing depending on what I have had to eat. I can’t work or think properly if I have a particularly spicy taste left in my mouth from eating something chilli-packed.
Sometimes however, I work best when I’m rambling on to myself on my bed after I’ve finished reading. When I read I seem to build up to this massive surge of sustained creative (and often hilarious because it lacks coherency of any kind!) ramblings, or a ‘splurge’ as I put it. It just means I start muttering to myself quietly, bits at a time, bits of conversations I’m having in my head that slip out.
Now why do I think that is?
Well I think it’s simply because I am an extremely creative person, and I get it from my mother. I recall having a conversation with her when I was small about how my head was always full of ideas and was never empty (this was, later, to be the reason why I started writing far more stories in my childhood). She said she had always experienced the same thing, and had said that it was a great thing for writing stories and scripts. Indeed she was doing a screenwriting course at the time for her own interest, on top of her job. I think I have experienced a lot of what my mother has – I am very much, as you might say, ‘my mother’s son’. We differentiate on a lot of different levels, however when it comes to thought processes we are very similar most of the time.
I would love to know more people who experience this same thing – where you are constantly full of ideas and sometimes you just have to write them down to get them out of your head. It’s weird how much that reminds me of Sherlock Holmes in the recent BBC series. It actually pains me to think that I could be cutting off people because of my own thoughts. No – I couldn’t be that ‘cluttered in the head’, as someone said once. My mother and I are the only two people I know who have experienced this, admittedly, slighty strange way of thinking. The way to go though is when you can focus all those thoughts down onto paper, or channel them in some other way. That is the best.