March 9, 2011

The Virtue of More Than One Writing Project

Posted in Incubation tagged at 9:31 am by Rebecca Hein

The advantage of having at least two writing projects going at once is that when one isn’t flowing, you can turn to the other. The project you’ve tabled will benefit from that time off, and though you’ve put it aside, your unconscious mind is still working on it.

Since you have another project you can keep writing and thus stay in shape. In music the principle is the same: when the piece you’re working on feels stale, you can put it aside in favor of other music without getting out of practice.

December 22, 2010

About Incubation

Posted in Incubation tagged , , at 9:18 am by Rebecca Hein

Incubation is what begins when you put aside a writing project because you can’t figure out what to do with it. I often have this problem, but generally not for long.

I’ve learned to retain unconscious focus while releasing my direct attention. During this stage I don’t try to do any writing on that particular project, but I do read through it in a lazy, undirected state. I also take walks, as extended and dreamy as my schedule allows. Not long thereafter the solution pops out of my right brain.