by Robert Lopresti
Then one day when I was not thinking
about the story at all I went downstairs to clean the cat litter. This
is not the most entertaining part of owning cats, but it needs to be
done. So I was doing what needed to be done and - boom. I had the
solution to my plot problem. Oddly enough, the solution did not
I've noticed this before. Sometimes the best
ideas come when you set the problem aside.and just engage in some
physical activity that lets your mind wander. I owe a lot of my ideas
to bike rides or lawn mowing.
I vividly remember working out
the plot for "Shanks Gets Killed" while strolling through the Arboretum
near the campus where I work. I've gone back there a few times but
haven't found any more plots hiding among the pines.
What about you? Do you ever find the solution to your mental problem in some mindless task?