The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.
Agatha Christie is in the Guinness Book of Records as being the best selling writer of books of all time, so she knew a thing or two about writing. But when you are working on a creative project and possibly hitting a block, how often do you worry at it rather than give yourself the time and permission to go off and do something else?
I admit this is a problem I have from time to time. I feel that in order to be working, I should be at my computer, on the phone or at least looking as though I am busy. This is a particularly foolish idea as I work on my own so have no-one to see me! My subconscious knows better though, which explains why I have notebooks and pencils in every room of the house for those moments when I am reading a book, listening to music, cooking, dusting, even asleep, when I suddenly get an idea or a fresh insight on a project. And how many of us have had our best ideas in the shower?
Being strict and having a routine is very valuable and helps you to get into the mindset of working and being productive. And sometimes, going off and doing something completely different is just what you need to get the creative ideas flowing. Just remember to have the notebook / sketchpad / iPad to hand.
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