I've mentioned before that some of my best idea gathering comes when I'm walking around the beaver pond, taking a shower, or lying in bed before falling asleep. This is when I come up with snippets of dialogue or interesting plot developments.
The other thing I do during these times (and used to do during boring work meetings or when listening to an especially boring professor) is wander into imaginary places in my own life. I imagine myself in some ruined castle or speaking fluently in a foreign language. And, very often, these daydreams include writing success. I imagine myself taking a call from my agent about a great offer to publish THE RIGHTEOUS, or opening the NY Times to see my book on the list.
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