|Relaxing with a book--my favorite way to be idle|
He even cites research on how the half-asleep time is one of the most fruitful times for thinking and being creative. (Now there's a good reason for sleeping in on the weekends.)
This got me thinking about when I’m most creative and hands-down, I get my best ideas when I’m idle. Our yearly trip to the beach (when I’m completely unplugged), long car rides, laying in bed on the weekends, not quite ready to get up, are all times when I’ve gotten epiphanies about plot holes or characters.
I can think of ideas at other times, but the thoughts I have when I’m idle are more creative and more out-of-the-box than the ideas while plugging away at a manuscript. It’s like my thoughts are unleashed.
So perhaps as writers we should also make sure to “do nothing” in addition to all that time in our chairs, staring at screens.
What do you think? Are you most creative when you're idle?