It's been advised to "Never say never," but in this case, I think I will.
So, why will I never use a dishwasher again? Because when I wash dishes by hand, I have the most amazing ideas. And the only work I have to do to get them is pick up a sponge, squirt some lemony liquid on it, adjust the water to a pleasing warm, pick up a grungy dinner plate, and start scrubbing.
Staring out the window at the sky and trees while I do this helps, too.
No staring at the monitor until my eyes hurt. Or staring at a blank page until my brain hurts.
Instant epiphanies: Do dishes = discover subconscious genius ideas
So here's what I'll do to maximize this strange inspiration visitation:
- Do dishes by hand for the next week.
- Keep a sturdy notebook and waterproof pen nearby.
- Wash and write, wash and write.
But I wonder:
- How long do I have to do dishes for the inspiration to arrive?
- Can I wear dish gloves?
- If I do a lot of dishes, will I have to buy transcription software just to keep up with my 200 w.p.m. ramblings? If so, how will my computer handle being moved next to the kitchen sink?
- If intense inspiration takes over and I have to keep writing, can I leave the dishes behind? Will others do them and be similarly inspired?
- What if there are no more dirty dishes? Should I knock on a neighbor's door, dish gloves, pen and paper in hand?
Many dilemmas, but I feel I'm on the right track here. I'm off to look for the most waterproof writing tools I can find. I'll post an update with any interesting findings.