1. Also called shower bath. a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead)
2. A brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow
3. The place where ideas are born and decisions are made (see also: "the moments before you fall asleep")
A shower, a place like no other. No matter where it is (your home, someone else's home, hotel, the rain forest, the lake, a gross campsite shower etc. etc.) or what kind of shower it is (stall, tub, fancy, old, peeling tub surround, the ones with benches for old people etc. etc.) I always seem to come out with some new understanding. It's magical! Well probably because it's some of the only down time I give my brains to really think things through, but I still like to think it's magical.
My problem is that I forget ideas. I get a really good idea for a blog post or plot twist, but by the time I'm all dressed and ready to go after my shower, I've forgotten it. So I came up with a way of remembering (coincidentally, in the shower). I was going to bring some white board markers into the shower and write my ideas down on the tub surround. Brilliant, right?
At first, I thought I had struck gold. I showered, wrote all my ideas down and then took a picture with my phone. I was good to go. Until a few minutes after, I heard my mother call out:
"Who wrote on the wall?! Did a two-year-old suddenly move into our house?" Okay, she didn't say that last sassy bit, but whatever. ARTISTIC LICENSE!
|The picture I took on phone of my ideas.|
I tried everything, toothpaste, Mr. Clean, Vim, Windex, Soap, Elbow Grease. I was desperate. It started to come off, slowly. I scrubbed for a good half hour, all the while frantically reassuring my mother that I had it all under control (I did not), then gave up. To this day, there's some very faint writing still on the tub surround. Luckily, I think I'm the only one who really notices it.
The worst part about this whole situation was that the writing on the wall (ha. ha.) wasn't even anything profound. It was ideas for my bookstore bingo post from a few months back.
The moral of this story is that sometimes I have bad ideas. Ideas that crash and burn, and stain my tub surround. And you know what? That's okay.
Writers are often conditioned to never give up on an idea. "Just keep working on your plot", "Revise it till it's better" "You just need to work through the hard parts" "Every author has a bad day" they say. All of that is true and I agree wholeheartedly, but sometimes you just know when it is a bad idea. Don't see ditching a manuscript or plot line as defeat, see it as the courageous first-step in moving on to something bigger and better. What's the point in working on something that you can't stand behind, good days and bad? The hardest thing to learn is when to quit and when to persevere, but once you figure it out, it's amazing.
What do you think? Have you ditched story ideas or any ideas before? Do you feel guilty for "quitting"? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. There's a few housekeeping things I want to mention. First, thank you to Sofia Maria for nominating me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Check her out here. And second, due to school (ugh) A Splash of Ink will be going back to 1 post a week instead of two. If I manage to do two, it will be like a little bonus post! Thanks for understanding.
Reading: 1177: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline
Listening: All Sons and Daughters
Watching: Once Upon a Time