Margaret talks about the workings of the mind
A writer’s mind never stops working. We can be in the middle of a dinner party when an idea strikes and afraid of forgetting it we scribble it down on our napkin - or the notebook you always carry around just in case! Or even use the voice recorder on your phone! I had no such luxury when I started writing but I did have a notebook that went everywhere with me.I once read an article about mind maps – where you write down an idea or character in the middle of a large piece of paper drawing a circle around it. Then you draw lines out from the circle with more ideas, circling these in turn as you go. The idea is to write quickly. This method can also be used to develop characters, though I have to confess I’ve never actually done it myself.
But our minds also work while we’re asleep. More than once I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with a solution to a writing problem but have been too tired to write it down – even though I have a pencil and pad beside my bed. Annoyingly the next morning it’s gone, I can’t remember it. I give out advice to jot ideas down the moment they occur and yet sometimes fail to follow it myself. Perhaps writing this now will be a reminder to me!
It is wonderful, though, how the mind works, sometimes solving problems without us consciously thinking about them. What are your experiences?