Inspiration struck at…

I’m a bit slow on the Daily Prompts, mostly because I get the notifications that the Daily Post has given a new prompt, only late at night, because I live in Singapore and the time difference between me and them is huge.

So today I’m going to write about Simply the Best. That is,

When and where do you do your best thinking? In the bathroom? While running? Just before bed, or first thing in the morning? On the bus? Why do you think that is?

This was the daily prompt for the 6th of Jan 2014, and I’m 3 days late. But anyway, I only choose the prompts that are related to topics on writing, to write about in this blog. I use some of the other prompts as ideas for my other blog. Not always, just sometimes. *Guilty*

I felt like I had to write about this because I always get the best ideas in all the difficult times, when I won’t be able to write them down immediately. As a result I either tell myself to keep the idea in my head till later when I can write it down and then forget it for all eternity, OR I run off to write it down in the middle of whatever I may be doing. The latter can sometimes be very embarrassing, especially when I’m talking to someone and suddenly stop dead in my tracks with a funny expression on my face, which I think looks like “Eureka!”, but more often than not ends up looking like I got struck by lightning. Most of the time, I manage to creep the hell out of my husband like this, and I’m rather proud of it. He’s gotten used to it now.

My brain seems to work the best almost always when I’m sleepy and in bed, after I’ve found my comfortable position to sleep in. Until then I can just sit and stare into space with absolutely nothing going through my head. Once I’ve hit the bed and gotten all cozy and comfy, my brain decides to come up with all kinds of awesome, brilliant and creative ideas… But by then, I’m so lazy to even move from the position I’m laying in. Falling asleep is not always an easy task for me because of this. Most of the time, because I love sleep so much, I don’t write the ideas down and will regret that decision as soon as I wake up the next morning.. Sigh..

The next best situation is in the shower. There I am taking a hot bath and TADA! I get great ideas. There have been instances where I stop bathing halfway, wear my clothes after haphazardly drying myself, go to my room to write down the bright idea and then get back to continue bathing. Many a times, my family members have watched me in awe. Of course it goes without saying that they made fun of me as well.

I think this happens because I’m so preoccupied most of the time, constantly thinking about what to write next and stuff like that, that I burn myself out sometimes. No matter what I’m doing, I always have this thought at the back of my mind. I’m always thinking of ways to write and things to write about. Too much of anything is never good, and maybe that’s why my brain just shuts off and decides to be blank sometimes. And then, without realising it, when I divert my mind to something else that I enjoy or which makes me feel comfortable or relaxed, my brain fires up again. When it’s active again, I’m able to generate better ideas because the brain is fresh after getting some rest for a while. I am no scientist or an expert, but I do feel that this is a logical explanation. It can lead to funny circumstances but I like it when it happens…  🙂