• Jessica Sherry

Quick Writing Ideas in the Shower

Taking a shower is one of those mundane, must-be-done activities that, for me, often inspires a great deal of thinking. Agatha Christie worked on her plots while washing the dishes. I do it in the shower, where, of course, I can't write it down. A dripping wet dash out of the shower to jot down notes happens sometimes when I fear I might forget the genius idea I've just brainstormed (the trick is not to slip). Anyway, the shower is where I do some of my best thinking.


How about your Main Character? What does she think about in the shower?

  • Does she run through her to-do list?

  • Imagine murdering her neighbor?

  • Wish to go back to bed?

  • Is shower time meditative?

  • Does she play music to get her day started?

  • Is she a shampoo, rinse, repeat kind of girl or does she skip steps?

  • Does she shower in the morning or at night? Or, like me, in the middle of the day? (hey, I'm a writer. I do what I want.)

Understanding your characters, even small details like how they like their shower, creates authenticity for readers.


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