Subconscious Access Point

My beast seems to work best at ideas when I’m driving alone, which I did today and yesterday.

Interesting for me to know.

You? When does your subconscious kick into overtime? When do you get your good ideas.


And while you’re thinking about that, here’s a post from Seanan McGuire to read. Ostensibly, it’s about Harlequin Horizons, but it’s really more about how you get to Carnegie Hall.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

3 thoughts on “Subconscious Access Point”

  1. In the shower, no doubt.

    I’ll be a week or two from finishing up a book, and I’ll be thinking, “I’ll never come up with the next idea.” The next morning, I’ll be in the shower and think, “I should write a book about satanic telemarketers.”

  2. After about 10 minutes of walking. The out of breath stage goes into being able to take in the air deeply. Then I’m surprised at what ideas pop up in my head inspired by what I see on my walk or just the stream of thoughts. Pretty much usually empowering thoughts.

    I’m heading out now.

  3. Reading Neil Gaiman. There’s a few other authors that do it to me, but Neil’s stuff is like mainlining. When I read Neil Gaimen (Bradbury, Bisson, and a few others, but reading Neil is like mainlining for me), ideas blossom like the poppies in the fields of Flanders. Those ideas rarely have anything to do with what I’m reading (story, plot, flavor, etc). And then I read authors like John Scalzi, who I like both personally and his stories and style, and nothing comes out. There are even authors who I can’t stand their writing, but when their work is in front of me, the ideas start falling out of the ether. And then there are authors that I just love to read and they turn the Norns’ well dry.

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