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By Darren Kehrer
Ok, so you might be wondering if this is even possible (or you might be thinking that I just sit in my garage or in my backyard on my tractor while writing). Now I’m not saying that this is a guy thing, but when I’m out mowing the grass, the world fades away and my mind clears. My only task is to follow the grass lines, avoid running into trees, and watching out for a previous visit by one of the many neighborhood pets.
Through out the act of mowing the lawn, the stress of my day flows away and my right side, brainstorming mind has a chance to breakthrough the storm clouds of a stressful day. Actually, many times, I just starting writing “what if this happened” scenes in my mind. Other times, on the movie screen in my head, I start filming the motion picture adaption to something I’ve already written (awesome surround sound, outstanding special effects, and the cast of my choice at no cost to me).
Stress is to creativity what water is to fire. Stress kills your ability to create, it blocks the flow of ideas, and it extinguishes the flame and passion of why you write. For me, my daily (non-writing) work life soaks up most of my time, so I’m happy with whatever, wherever, and however creative writing ideas get a chance to fan the creative flame.
But the other day, yes while mowing, I found myself wondering if any other of my writing friends might have “strange” or “odd” places that they brainstorm. That said, I wonder what your answer might be to that question, keeping it family friendly (of which I had no doubt).