Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weekend Wisdom

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.~Agatha Christie

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  1. I don't think I've ever heard that quote, but it's the truest statement I've heard in awhile.

  2. I wash dishes when I have writers' block and it helps.

  3. So that's my problem. I've been using an automatic dishwasher for years. Thank you much, I'll get rid of it, start washing dishes by hand, then look out readers, here I come.

  4. Be sure to get special writers cream for your hands! Snort.

  5. LOL, Shaddy.

    But the quote is so true. My good friend, Laura Castoro, told me a long time ago that when she got stuck on a scene she went to wash dishes -- or clean the toilet -- and in a little while she could go back and finish the scene. Was a bit humbling, however, to know that a soon to be famous author still had to clean the toilets.

  6. Any kind of manual labor seems to take the pressure off the muse. I am severely plot-challenged when it comes to fiction, but came up with a terrific plot while splitting firewood once afternoon.


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