Monday, September 23, 2013

Another great quote




"Only great ideas come when you are running. It is the way of things."

Bee, the narrator of Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco


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What do you think, reader? Do your best ideas come to you when you're running (or swimming, walking, or biking)?


26 comments:

  1. I LOVED this book. I wrote a review of it, in fact, at The Children's Book Review. Bee was one of the most endearing characters I've come across in a long time. As for when my ideas come to me . . . walking, sometimes. Sometimes in the shower. Alas, I do not run. :-)

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    1. I reviewed it here back in February, Elizabeth. And I love it too!

      I'm not a runner, either. But I get plenty of ideas while walking and always in the shower.

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  2. Yes, I get a lot of ideas while walking or doing other things.

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  3. That one small excerpt from Bee makes me want to read the book -- probably because I totally agree, except I would change running to walking my dog.

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    1. You would love this book, Barbara. And walking your dog certainly counts.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to reading this!
    And, yes, I get my best ideas while walking by the beach or in wooded areas.

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  5. When I'm running my mind is resting. That's why I like it! :)

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    1. But I'll bet you come back from your run with some fresh new ideas.

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  6. I get my best ideas when I'm taking a shower. A real one, not a "I need to hurry up" shower. :)

    ~Akoss

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    1. Yes, the shower or on a walk sometimes. It's like the rushing water has a some creativity vibes

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    2. I think you're right, Andrea. Something to do with negative ions.

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  7. I'm a kid. With too much (sometimes boring) things to do. I get ideas everywhere. Even in school (I once wrote a (I think) well-written 5-8 paragraphs about an idea for a trilogy I had. In between projects in school.). I get most of my ideas while eating. :)

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    1. Erik, you are the first person I've heard of who gets most of his ideas while eating! That's great! And I love that you get ideas everywhere.

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  8. Also when showering! And sometimes when swimming. Seriously.

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    1. I believe it, Gina! I just read on a science blog that exercise and showering both release dopamine, and the more dopamine that is released the more creative we are! Here's the link: http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-we-have-our-best-ideas-in-the-shower-the-science-of-creativity

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  9. I get ideas when I'm walking or cleaning the house.

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    1. Hi Medeia! Again, any form of activity would release dopamine. The article I mentioned above also talks about distraction and relaxation. Seems all three of those elements contribute to creative ideas.

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  10. Some of my best ideas come when I'm showering. I think it is the water! :)

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    1. Me too, Jennifer. Which makes me want to take longer showers!

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  11. Wow, so many of you are inspired in a shower, maybe I should take longer ones! I would not say "only great ideas come when running" because I'm sure I get a lot of bad ones while running as well. But I might agree with "great ideas come only when running" ! (Just a matter of word order.)

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    1. Ha! Excellent point, Susan.But we'd have to amend that to "Great ideas come when running, walking, showering, swimming, cleaning the house, or (in the case of Erik) eating!"

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  12. Thanks for this, Joanne! I do get my best ideas running...but also hiking/walking and even driving. I need lots of alone-time and some sort of motion...I love to hear how this works for other writers.....

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    1. Welcome, Kim! I'm honored that you took the time to visit my blog. Thank you. Time alone and some sort of motion - that sums it up nicely.

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