Frosting a cake, working out, jogging, taking a shower, washing dishes, folding clothes, doodling: these are what I call mindless activities. You’re not focused on critical thinking or problem solving. Your mind wanders. This is good for writers.
Writers carry their work with them. The poem or story that they’re currently working on is there in the subconscious. And, suddenly, they need paper and pencil because their mind has made a wonderful leap in that story or poem. They have a new direction to go in, a subplot, another problem for a character to solve.
Writers talk about having to pull the car over to write. Needing to keep paper and pen by their bedside. Hoping they’ll remember that thought until they can get they’re hands on paper and pen. Right? When do you get your best ideas?
Facebooking, Tweeting, surfing the internet, watching TV: these activities are not what I’d call mindless. I believe they engage the brain just enough to keep it from making these amazing leaps in the thought process. They are hinderances.
A big part of writing takes place in the brain before we put pen to paper, or our fingers to the keyboard. So, whatever mindless activity you do today, try keeping your work upfront in your mind, and see what happens.
And, let me know how it goes.