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Cheryl Reif

Cheryl lives and writes with her inspirational family, two energetic dogs, and a small mammal menagerie, all of which are fairly tame. She writes about cool science stuff for children and adults, daydreams about stories and characters 87% of the time, and tries not to plot novels while driving. You can also find Cheryl on Twitter @CherylRWrites, Pinterest., and Google. Come say hi!


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Friday Fun Poll: Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?


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Earlier this week, I wrote about idea logging and how it can boost your creative practice. I even gave some tips for how to idea log effectively–but the truth is, the best technique for one person won’t work at all for another. That’s because the “right” tool for you will depend on how you think and work best.

Some of us think best by writing longhand, for example, while others prefer to type our prose straight into the computer. (Oh, how I envy you!) Others take a nice creativity nap to come up with ideas, while others are best inspired by long hikes through the wilderness.

Where do you all find creative inspiration? Check out the poll below to cast your vote and see where your fellow writers land!

If you need to noodle your way past a tricky plot point, or come up with inspiration for your main character's next move, where will you do your best idea-gathering?

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If I didn’t include your favorite creativity booster in the answers, please share in the comments–I love to hear from you!

10 comments to Friday Fun Poll: Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?

  • I like to sit, often with a cup of tea or coffee, and let my mind wander over possibilities. What if this happened, or how about if I have the character do this, or what if this character barges in? Why would my character do what I want them to do? What are the motivations for this kind of action? Would my character do that? If not, what would my character do? What if the worst thing happens? These are just some of the questions I ask myself. And if I’m still stuck, then I call up Hilari and we pick up Starbucks then come back and brainstorm.
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  • How could I possibly forget coffee??? It’s the great creativity generator! It sounds like you like to daydream/visualize, but like you have plenty of helpful questions ready in case they’re needed to get the wheels turning.

    I really love brainstorming plot and characters with others as well. My husband and I usually hash out story problems on Saturday AM hikes!

    Thanks so much for sharing :)
    Cheryl Reif recently posted..Friday Fun Poll: Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?My Profile

  • Debby Hanoka

    Where do I do my best thinking? While surfing the net, writing email, reading the newspaper, watching tv, playing with my editorial cat-sistant, reading… You name it. I’ll be doing something, an idea will come to me, and I’ll have to drop everything (and pry the cat off my lap) to get to my computer or a pen and pad to record it. Thank goodness my cat is understanding. My housemates, not so much.

  • Jane Bigelow

    Lots of different locations and activities may help me untangle whatever knot I’m in. I just have to walk away from the computer. It’s amazing (and depressing) how hard it is to remember this when I’m staring grimly at the screen.

  • I’ve gotten really quick at writing ideas on the notes app on my phone while I walk.
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  • This is an excellent site Cheryl! I get my best ideas when washing and drying up pots in the kitchen (no dishwasher). Great for character scenes and dialogue. Bit impractical to keep jotting notes down with wet hands, but you have to seize the moment.
    Keith M recently posted..Out of the Tunnel – The Asselin Escapers Part FourMy Profile

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