Driving home from NC in April,
I was desperate to find a rest area,
not for the usual reason,
but to jot down the many ideas
that had popped into my head as I drove north.
Nothing like a long drive
to get my mind wandering.
The first thing I wrote:
“I now know the REAL reason
they have rest areas…
so writers have a place to pull over
and offload their thoughts.”
(I just found that paper yesterday.)
“Driving kicks over my writing engine…lets me write full throttle…,” writes Julia Cameron, and she includes a quote from Steven Spielberg: “Why is it that I get my best ideas while driving?“
Cameron credits the act of getting out, being able to see off in the distance and the flow of images coming at us as the pot-stirrers of our thoughts. The pressing matters that usually consume us are temporarily pushed off to the side. What did writers do before cars were invented?
In defense of all this seeming craziness, The New York Times ran a story just this past week on the Virtues of a Wandering Mind.
Q: Are painters, cooks, business managers, singers, teachers, knitters and others similarly affected? I might think about this on my next drive.
Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (New York, NY: Penguin Putnam, 1998), 195.
This post is part of an ongoing discussion at The High Calling Blogs book club.