Water... I've decided that water inspires me. I do some of my best writing and creating when I am near or in water. I love being beside the drifting river or watching the waves come in to shore. It is calming to me. It releases the creative juices. But it doesn't have to be big bodies of water... my sister bought me one of those small, indoor fountains that were all the rage for a minute there... I used that thing all the time until the motor calcified on me. Sad day. (Hey, I didn't know...) Anyway, I find the same creativity from watching or listening to that and even more so, it the shower or the bathtub.
No, I'm not even kidding. I compose chapters, new stories, blog posts and all kinds of things while the hot water runs over me or I am just sitting there soaking. However...
And this is where the A.D.D. part comes in. (and you thought this was going to be a post about water!)
By the time I am finished with my shower or bath, have gotten dried off and dressed, I have completely forgotten all I have "written" in my head. First of all, I usually get distracted and never make it to my computer or notebook and if I diligently go straight to my computer (even in a bath towel) I sit there and stare at the screen unable to compose so beautifully as I did while sopping wet.
If only I could think of a way to compose WHILE in the shower or tub, but that doesn't seem to work. My daughter, a brilliant author in her own right has somehow figured out how to put her thoughts on her phone while still in the shower. (Apparently water affects her creativity as well... must be in the genes...) But I would surely drop it, or drown it, or something bad would happen.
I think the reason it works is because your brain has free reign. There is nothing else distracting me but maybe soap... and that can certainly be postponed if a good thought process is happening. As long as I don't run out of hot water, my brain is happy to create in many directions. I wish I had the wherewithal to get it all down on paper before I was distracted. I can only imagine the number of books and blogs that will never been seen because I have attention deficit disorder...