Secret Wish #12 — Free Association

Had a fun evening at the London Writers Club last night.

It got me thinking about thinking.

Writers are always thinking about their projects, which inspired this cartoon, and this thought: to be a fluid idea generator one must allow for a lot of free association. That means allowing your mind to go its own way without you trying to control it.

Writers tend to be pretty good at this, not only in their writing, but in their thinking between writing sessions. Everything in front of them is stimulus for characters, stories, structure, and generally, ideas.

Do you allow your thoughts to roam and roam free? At least now and then?

Then do you try to pull some meaning out of the wild ramble into the unknown?

Notice your thinking — maybe you  need to get lost in order to find something.


Posted in Cartoons by Gregg Fraley, Creativity and Self-Expression, Idea Generation