I finally got some traction on my story, “If By Reason of Strength…” I’ve had a good idea for some time but haven’t felt like I could handle the idea. Add to that the fact that I didn’t know my problem and solution, and I wasn’t making much progress. But this evening, I came into my office, pulled a notepad out of my desk drawer, and started scribbling out some notes. Some were questions about the characters, others were questions about plot points. I just scribbled and let my mind go where it would. I took a short break to wash the dishes in the sink, and the scribbling must have jarred something loose, because just as I was cleaning off a fork, I got the problem and solution in one jolt! I also got the opening that I needed.

I finished the dishes, came back to my office, and restarted the story, completing the first part and writing a rapid 500 words. This could turn out to be a pretty productive weekend, as far as writing goes.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.