Ideas, like a good cup of tea, need time to steep.
Most of my books start as a concept that amuse me in some way… but before I start outlining the plot, I always let the concept sit in the back of my mind until it seems ready. I can’t explain how or why, but it grows roots into other ideas and before I know it, the whole story is waiting in my brain for me to write.
If I’m struggling on a particular scene, it’s usually best for me to take a nap, meditate or relax instead of trying to force the writing… the break from actively working on an idea allows it blossom.
How do you take your ideas? (with cream and sugar?) Are you more creative after a break?