A Fountain of Inspiration

Why is it that not only ideas, but entire sentences, passages, chapters— come to me when I’m up to my elbows in soapy water? Shower and shampoo also seem to be a conduit for brilliance.

Writer’s Block? Wash a pet! Especially a large, furry, uncooperative one! I guarantee the concepts will come faster than my dog’s urge to shake mid-rinse.

For some reason, water seems to send my brain into overdrive. Ideas, ideas, ideas!

I’m “writing” paragraphs in my head, repeating as I can to coalesce, which isn’t always feasible since too often I’m inspired to continue a scene rather than remember it. I wrap up, dry off, release the dog, grab a piece of paper—the back of a junk mail envelope, a magazine insert, occasionally one of the millions of notebooks I have stashed around my house, and begin jotting… what? What? What did I just think?


How could it be gone already? I scribble quickly through what I do recall, hoping to get at least a drop of comprehension down—and almost as importantly, hoping to get it down comprehensibly.

What’s worse? Being unable to recollect an idea long enough to write it down?
Or being unable to decipher the idea written in your own handwriting?

It’s not just the water, of course; it’s the inevitability of NOT being able to solidify the ideas on paper. Sneaky little muse.

I have Dragon Voice Recognition for my computer, but that stream of consciousness is the same as sitting down at the keyboard. Useful, but not H2O inspired. I tried carrying a hand held recorder to catch my potential genius, but it didn’t hold up well under water pressure.

What I need is a device that plugs directly into the creative part of my brain and transcribes my actual thoughts (aka brilliance) as they wetly occur into a format I can easily revisit, edit, and most importantly, comprehend.

Let me clarify, what I need is a waterproof device.

A spray of ingenuity.

A spray of ingenuity.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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1 Response to A Fountain of Inspiration

  1. Linda says:

    I hear you Mary! Lots of my inspiration happens in the shower and I have not found any kind of waterproof device for capturing that inspiration either. Maybe our muses are water sprites!

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