A Toronto Transformation

I Found My Muse in the Shower

Or, to be more precise, I think the shower might actually be my muse.

From the moment I step under the water, my hands are busy in my hair with the shampoo, shaving my armpits, washing my face, on autopilot orchestrating the cleaning and tidying of my body.

And as a general rule, I’m alone in there.

It might be the only place in my life where I’m truly free from any real distraction. And that, my friends, is where inspiration strikes. I dream up parties, blog posts, novels, life plans, break up letters, jokes, rhymes, ways to beat Red at Boggle and career moves.

Some of my ideas are even good!

The day I figure out how to watch 90’s sitcoms on my laptop and shower simultaneously may be the last time I dream up anything creative!

I took a copywriting course last year and after class I would inevitably burst out of the bathroom, towel-clad, in a whoosh of coconut-scented steam, babbling out ideas like a caffeinated gibbon, hands drawing in the air while my (ex) fiancé looked on, bewildered, and probably amused, from the couch.

I love it, that almost-panic moment when an idea starts forming. You try to hold it in your mind even as it grows tendrils and spirals and shape-shifts and multiplies.

I love racing to find a computer, a pen, a phone, a scrap of vellum and an inkwell: anything to pin down the slippery creature in some permanent way before it escapes my mind. I love when the words come so fast my fingers can’t keep up!

Maybe a laptop in the shower wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all.

Where do you find your inspiration? Is it a physical space for you, or a state you get into that unlocks your creativity?

10 Responses to I Found My Muse in the Shower

    • metamorphocity says:

      Yeah! I think solitude is key for me. Although a good group brainstorming session can turn up some pretty great stuff now and again too.

  • Emma says:

    I wish I knew exactly what it is that gets my creative ideas flowing! It seems so random sometimes. Sometimes if I’m feeling really stuck I’ll haul out my Gardner’s art history textbook and look for inspriation, and that usually works pretty well, but in terms of lightbulb inspriation, the kind that hits you without trying, I have no clue!! My brain is a mustery to me!

  • I have a notebook that hangs to the wall of my shower. It can get wet and everything. The pencil too!! A friend gave it to me as a gift, but I’ll try to go home tonight and see if I can find the name of it.

      • Cassie says:

        Ooooh, I want to know where I can get one of these, too! Love this post. The shower is my sanctuary. Rarely do I EVER let my daily mundane problems (or my big life problems) bother me there. Some days, it feels like the water is literally washing them away. It’s the best place for brainstorming for sure, though if I miss a spot shaving, then I know why. 😉

  • Aubrey says:

    You know I just stumbled upon (and now I can’t for the life of me remember where) these post it type notes that hang up in the shower and are water proof. Your post made me think about them. 🙂 When it comes to ideas for my novel, life happenings and blog posts, I get them before I fall asleep. Right when I lay down, smack they come to me. So I get up in the dark, and my husband is already asleep by then, and walk around with my arms out like a zombie trying to find a piece of paper. Sometimes I don’t even turn a light on. I just write in the dark. I think it’s because, like you with your showers, it’s when I feel freest, most calm and at ease. I’m powering down and so my mind isn’t busy worrying about needless things and can instead just be free.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Hahaha! I love the image of you zombie-scrambling to write your nocturnal ideas down. It’s so interesting to hear about when people’s minds feel free to wander and create!

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