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ideas come as I go

I realized this thing again today, I realize it every once in a while and then forget, that I do my best creative thinking while riding the subway. I was able to figure out the beginning and plot of my next book while speeding along underground. I don't know why this is true. I need to promise myself to ride the subway at least twice a week. 


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Jan. 7th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
What a lovely thing! I can guess, the repetitive sounds, the movement, the people watching, the time you have to just sit and be, without demands on you.

Jan. 7th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Didn't JK write the whole HP thing on a train.
Seems like I read that somewhere.

Good company!
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
Scott Turrow wrote his first novel on the train... didn't know about JK. Cool. Its like opening a drawer with a secret compartment that you didnt know was there---that time on the train.
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Then I'm all wonder "did I just make that up?"
But no! I was right! (l love to be right)

"It was 1990. My then boyfriend and I had decided to move up to Manchester together. After a weekend's flat-hunting, I was travelling back to London on my own on a crowded train, and the idea for Harry Potter simply fell into my head.

I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. To my immense frustration, I didn't have a pen that worked, and I was too shy to ask anybody if I could borrow one…

I did not have a functioning pen with me, but I do think that this was probably a good thing. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, while all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.

Perhaps, if I had slowed down the ideas to capture them on paper, I might have stifled some of them (although sometimes I do wonder, idly, how much of what I imagined on that journey I had forgotten by the time I actually got my hands on a pen). I began to write 'Philosopher's Stone' that very evening, although those first few pages bear no resemblance to anything in the finished book.”
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
My creative thinking happens in the shower or when I'm riding my bike but then it is gone before I can write or type it down.
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