From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why I Need A Dry Erase Board In My Shower

The funny thing about inspiration is you never know exactly when it will strike.

Below is am email conversation I had today with my writing partner. By the way, we're both Michele. To clear the mud I'm Michele B and she's Michele D.  Writers that we are, we appreciate the comedy of the name situation.

12 messages

Michele BThu, May 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM
To: Michele D
Hey where were you last night?  I was on until about 9ish.... Saw you wrote 800 words!  That's awesome!  You have to be inches from the finish line now!

In the shower this morning I finally came up with a hook for Treasures, I think. :)

Michele Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

To: Michele Buchholz 

No - I only got 1 file on chapt 18.

Thanks for looking at it - as I was going to sleep last night, I realized there were a couple things I need to insert in that chapter - just a few things here and there but I always think of them on my way to sleep (as in, I don't want to turn my light on to write it down, so I think I'll remember it and then never do. I'm hoping I'll think of it as I'm doing revisions. It would be so much more convenient if I could think of them in the shower like you do. But no, my brain doesn't work that way)  :)

Michele Buchholz Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM
To: Michele 
Funny you think that about the shower.  I jump out dripping, soak my floor and mat, then drip all over my dresser while I write it down... That's if I get out and write it down.  Otherwise I do the same, repeat it hoping my goldfish memory will hold it until I"m done. :) Today I jumped out and wrote it down! 

Michele Thu, May 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

To: Michele Buchholz

Ok, so clearly there is no best way. Usually I'm so sleepy and warm and I'm almost ready to slide under and I just don't want to mess that up. Darn brain! Why do they do that to us?

Maybe you could find a whiteboard that won't wash off - then you could just write the idea down without getting out. :)

Michele Buchholz Thu, May 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM
To: Michele 
That is a fabulous idea!

So, let this be a lesson for all of you linear, mathematical, engineer types. Writers, well, we're creative, spontaneous and innovative.  You have been warned. The bathroom floor may be wet, and there just might be marker or pen on unusual surfaces.  Just know, it is for the greater good of the human imagination.

Where was the strangest place that inspiration took hold of you?  What did you do about it?


  1. Here ya go:

  2. Your shower is a white board. Buy some tub crayons or tub markers and go cray on the tile.

  3. @ Josin, Thanks for the tip! Never even crossed my mind and I have a 3 and 5 year old. They will LOVE that. Wonder how it works on glass shower doors....

  4. @ Erin, Leave it to you to do the research! Thanks Chica!


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