Saturday, July 03, 2010

Walk & Talk; Plod & Plot.

Just a quick entry before I crash for the "night".

I've written in the past about how helpful talking to myself is, even recently here. Last night I stared at my story in progress and realized I had no idea where I wanted it to go. Things were happening, but I just wasn't sure what I wanted to happen next. I decided to go for a walk in the park and have a good conversation with myself. Ever done that? No? Well,I do it all the time.

It's not that the conversation is scintillating. After all, I know everything that I'm going to say. However, speaking out loud helps me formulate ideas and work out problems in a clarifying way that thinking to myself cannot compete with. My walk & talk last night helped me see how thin my plot was. I spent an hour and a half in the park pacing and talking until half of the book had been reoutlined and the other half was beginning to flesh out. Perhaps I'll return to the park tonight to finish it.

As silly as it seems, I am very glad I have figured out this aspect of my ADHD brain. Nice to see it working for me for a change.